Political Offices Pension Act 1869

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1869 c. 60


Political Offices Pension Act, 1869

(32 & 33 Vict.) CHAP. 60.

An Act to alter and amend the Acts enabling Her Majesty to grant Pensions to persons having held certain high civil offices.

[9th August 1869]

Whereas it is expedient to amend the law relating to pensions to be granted to persons who have held offices in the civil service of the Crown which are usually held by members of the House of Lords or the House of Commons, and which offices are herein-after referred to as political offices: Be it enacted by the Queen'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 Application of Act.

1 Application of Act.

1. This Act, with the exception of the reservation hereinafter contained, shall not apply to any office in the permanent civil service of the Crown or in Her Majesty's household, or to any legal office, other than the office of Judge Advocate General.

S-2 Classification of political offices.

2 Classification of political offices.

2. Political offices shall for the purposes of this Act be divided into three classes; viz.:—

Class 1. Containing the office of the First Lord the Admiralty and all other political offices remunerated with a yearly salary of not less than five thousand pounds:

Class 2. Containing all such offices remunerated with a yearly salary of less than five thousand pounds and not less than two thousand pounds:

Class 3. Containing all such offices remunerated with a yearly salary of less than two thousand pounds and more than one thousand pounds.

S-3 Limit of amount of pensions.

3 Limit of amount of pensions.

3. Subject to the provisions of this Act Her Majesty may, if She shall think fit, by warrant under her royal sign manual, countersigned by two or more Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, grant to any person in respect of his services, whether before or after the passing of this Act, in any office included in any of the above classes, a pension during life according to the following scale, viz.:

1st. A first-class pension, not exceeding two thousand pounds a year, in respect of a service of not less than four years, or its equivalent, in an office of the first class.

2d. A second-class pension, not exceeding one thousand two hundred pounds a year, in respect of a service of not less than six years, or its equivalent, in an office of the second class.

3d. A third-class pension, not exceeding eight hundred pounds a year, in respect of a service of not less than ten years in an office of the third class.

S-4 Mode of calculating time of service.

4 Mode of calculating time of service.

4. For the purposes of this Act, service for any time in an office of the third class shall count as service for one half of that time in an office of the second class; and service for any time in an office of the second class shall count as service for one half of that time in an office of the first class; but no person shall be entitled to a first-class pension who has not actually served two years in an office of the first-class, nor to a second-class pension who has not actually served three years in an office of the second...

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