Parliamentary Pensions Act

(Original Enactment: Act 24 of 1978)

(30th March 1987)
An Act to provide for the grant of pensions and gratuities in respect of service as Members of Parliament and as holders of ministerial and other offices and for purposes connected therewith.
[1st September 1978]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Pensions Act.
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Member” means a Member of Parliament;
“office” means the office of Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker, Senior Minister, Minister, Senior Minister of State, Minister of State, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Parliamentary Secretary or Political Secretary;
“office-holding Member” means a Member who holds or has held any office and includes a Speaker who is not an elected Member of Parliament;
“reckonable service”, in relation to service as a Member, means service on and after 3rd June 1959 in Parliament as a Member of Parliament; and in relation to service in any office, means service on and after 3rd June 1959 in that office.
(2)  The reference to service in Parliament in the definition of “reckonable service” in subsection (1) shall be read as including a reference to service in the Legislative Assembly on and after 3rd June 1959 and before 9th August 1965.
(3)  Where a Speaker is not, or has not been, an elected Member of Parliament for any period, “salary” shall, for that period, mean the salary payable to him in respect of his service as Speaker.
(4)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, where for any period a person who is eligible for any pension or other benefit under this Act voluntarily refrains from receiving the whole or any part of any salary due to him in respect of the office held by him, then, in calculating his pension or benefit he shall, for such period, be deemed to have received the full salary to which he was entitled as holder of that office.