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CIVIL SERVANTS ' PENSIONS.

Although the system of giving pension to Civil Servants h»s been very proper.; put an end to by an Act of the Genera Assembly, passed several years ago, th< operation of that measure necessarih only affected thoso members of the Civi Service who joined subsequently to iti becoming law, and there rem_ined a con siderabla number who, having enteret previously under regulations which pro vided for pensions, are entitled to annua! allowances m the event of their service* being dispensed with. In order tc ascertain the number of these and the amount of pension to which each would be entitled if dispensed with during the present financial year one of tho Auckland members, Mr Goldie, laßt session moved for a return which was granted and laid npon the table, and which has now been printed and circulated. That return, as being of considerable interest to the taxpayers we here reproduce. There are the names and figures for the several departments : — Legislative] £ s. d. F E Campbell, Clerk House of Representatives .. .. 466 13 4 G Friend, Firat Clerk Assistant, House of Representatives . . 333 6 8 L Stowe, Olerk Legislative Counoil 214 6 8£ Colonial Secretary's Department G S Cooper, Under-Secretary . . 533 6 8 J Huett, Messenger . . . . 83 5 9 T Malley, Messenger . . . . 40 0 0 Audit J G Anderson, Chief Olerk . . 198 4 3 0 T Batkin, Assistant Controller and Auditor '.. .. 533 6 8 Registrar-General FNorris, Clerk .. .. 62 10 0 Treasury Department H Livingston, Looal Auditor . . 244 0 0 J Ollivier, Local Auditor . . 250 0 0 Justice Department A S Allan, Registrar Supreme Court .. .. .. 195 4 9 H MoGullooh, Rejident Magistrate 225 0 0 Postal and Telxobaph Department E Cook, Chief Postmaster, Timaru 252 1 8 R Eirton „ Nelson 265 11 1 E D Butts „ Dunedin 220 4 9 J Henn, Chief Olerk, Napier .. 68 0 0 R S Lincoln, Letter Carrier, Auckland .. .. 37 10 0 Customs and Marine Department O E Cooper, Collector .. 333 6 8 H S McKellar, Seoretary and Inspector .. ... .. 433 6 8 W J Rodgerson, Colleotor .. 242 5 3 ThomaßHill „ „ 400 0 0 DLundon „ .. 180 0 0 J T Hart, Landing Surveyor . . 176 810 O M Warde, Tide Surveyor . . 186 13 4 R Johnson, Nautical Adviser, &o 176 3 9 Stamps Department— Lands and Deeds Regibtr. D Powell, Messenger .. ... 34 10 0 G Olarkson „ .. .. 20 16 8 AH Eing, Distriot Land Registrar 198 3 4 F G Morgan „ 123 15 0 "' Minister of Lands Depabtment — Geological and Meteorological Sir J Heotor, Director... ... 36118 0 W Skey, Analyst ... .. 180 18 9 R B Gore, Clerk and Curator, <fco 187 5 7 Defence Dipabtuenx J Blomfield, Storekeeper .. 99 1 6 J Stephenson, Arm-cleaner ... 36 10 0 J Hawthorne, Magazine-keeeper 41 8 6 S O Anderson, Defence Storekeeper .. .. .. 125 0 0 E H Bradford, Armourer „ 76 0 7 W Christie, Assistant Armourer 50 10 3 J Smith, Arm-cleaner ... 41 4 8 R Davis „ ... 40 1 0 W Warren „ .. 38 17 4 Crown Lands and Survey Departments — Crown Lands H J HEliott, Under-Secretary.. 292 17 1 Publio Works Department J Blaokett, Engineer-in-Ohief . . 483 6 8 J T Stewart, District Engineer.. 800 0 0 The following are the totals by Depart-' ments, viz. : — Legislative, £1014 5s 8d ; Colonial Secretary's, £656 12s 5d ; Audit, £731 10s lid j RegistrarGeneral's, £62 10s j Treasury, £494 ; Justice, £420 4s 9d ; Postal and Telegraph, £843 7s 6d ; Customs and Marine, £2127 19s 6d • Btamps, £877 5s ; Lands, £780 2s 4d ; Defence, £548 13s lOd ; Survey, £292 17s Id ; Public Works, £788 6s Bd. This gives a gross total for the colony of possible additional pensions accruing due of £9082 15s Bd. This of course is over and above the amounts at present actually chargeable upon the Consolidated Revenue, which are as follows according to tjie appropriations for the current year, viz. : — Under Civil Service Act, 1866, £25,000 • Militia Act Amendment Act, 1860, £750 ; Nixon Pension Act, 1865, £150 ; Military Pensions Act, 1869, £80 ; Meredith and Others Pension Act, 1870, £289 ; fcchafer, McGuire, and Others Pension Act, 1872, £78 ; Supreme Court Judges Act, 1874, £1000 ; Greenwood Pension Act, 1877, £120, being a gross total of £20,917, Adding tjie total given by the above rqturn we thus get m round figures a total of £39,000 per annnm as the total annual liability on Pension acoonnt under the various Acts of the Legislature. But we cannot help thinking that m some way or other the return of possible pension liabilities as given npon the motion of Mr Goldie is incomplete. For taking the item " Judicial " alone, we see no mention of Judge Ward who, it ib understood, is entitled to a retiring pension of £700 a year, apfl unless vfe are ipistalten there we more Resident Magistrates than Mr McCulloch who are entitled to pensions on retirement from the service. So also we do not understand why the name of the Registrar- General, Mr W. K. E. Brown, does not appear m the return as we fancy it should — and that too for a substantial amount. We confess we should like to see this explained. But meantime, taking the figures as they stand, there is ample proof that the Legislature was none too soon m putting a stop to the pension system, seeing that already liabilities on this account have grown up which amount to say £40,000 a year, being the interest upon a million of money. • ' '"■« ' '" iU ' *V1 ~V — - I ■

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CIVIL SERVANTS' PENSIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2037, 15 January 1889

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CIVIL SERVANTS' PENSIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2037, 15 January 1889

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