Ministry of Pensions Act 1916

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1916 c. 65
Year1916


Ministry of Pensions Act, 1916.

(6 & 7 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 65.

An Act for establishing a Ministry of Pensions and for purposes connected therewith.

[22nd December 1916]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Establishment of Minister of Pensions.

1 Establishment of Minister of Pensions.

1. In order to unify the administration of such pensions, grants, and allowances as are herein-after mentioned, there shall be a Minister of Pensions appointed by His Majesty and the Minister shall be entitled to receive advice and assistance from the Parliamentary and Financial Secretary of the Admiralty, the Financial Secretary of the War Office, and the Parliamentary Secretary of the Local Government Board in respect of any matter on which such advice and assistance is requested by the Minister.

S-2 Duties and powers of Minister of Pensions.

2 Duties and powers of Minister of Pensions.

(1) There shall be transferred to the Minister of Pensions—

(a ) The powers and duties of the Admiralty with respect to pensions and grants to persons who have served as officers or men, and to their widows, children, and other dependants, and to persons who have been employed in the nursing service of any of His Majesty's naval forces, other than service pensions, so far as such pensions and grants are payable out of moneys provided by Parliament, and not provided exclusively for the purpose of Greenwich Hospital;

(b ) the powers and duties of the Commissioners of the Royal Hospital for Soldiers at Chelsea with respect to the grant and administration of disability pensions and grants, other than in-pensions;

(c ) the powers and duties of the Army Council and the Secretary of State for the War Department with respect to pensions and grants to persons who have served as officers or soldiers, and to their widows, children, and other dependants, and to persons who have been employed in the nursing service of any of His Majesty's military forces, other than service pensions;

and His Majesty may by Order in Council make such adaptations in the enactments relating to such powers and duties as aforesaid as may be necessary to make exerciseable by the Minister and his officers the powers and duties of the several authorities above mentioned and their officers, and may fix the time or times as from which the several powers and duties are to be transferred to the Minister.

(2) The Minister of Pensions shall in each year prepare and lay before Parliament a report of the proceedings of the Ministry.

S-3 Relations with Statutory Committee.

3 Relations with Statutory Committee.

3. The powers and duties of the Statutory Committee under the Naval and Military War Pensions, &c. Act, 1915, shall be exercised and performed by that Committee under the control of, and in accordance with, the instructions of the Minister of...

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