WRITTEN ANSWERS. - EX-SOLDIER METROPOLITAN POLICE PENSIONERS.

asked the Minister for Home Affairs whether pensioners in the Dublin Metropolitan Police who served in the British Army during the European War and were wounded, and are in receipt of disability pensions from the British Government, are liable to have their D.M.P. pensions reduced in the event of their disability pension being increased on account of greater ill-health, and whether, in view of the fact that these men when enlisting were assured that their Army service would count as police service for purposes of pension, they are not entitled to a fixed police pension irrespective of the amount of disability pension.

Mr. O'HIGGINS

The statutory authority for the grant of a pension to a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police who was disabled whilst employed on military service, expressly provides that the amount of pension, when added to the amount payable out of military funds, shall not in any case exceed the amount of pension which would have been granted had the disablement of the member concerned been occasioned by a non-accidental injury received by him in the execution of his duty, without his own default. In the majority of cases of partial disablement which have arisen under this Act, the total pension has been fixed at the maximum amount payable where the disablement is not total, and in any such case, therefore, where the disability pension is increased, the pension from the Police Vote must be reduced accordingly.