Parliamentary Pensions Act


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Parliamentary Pensions Act
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LIST OF AUTHORISED PAGES
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Contributors and contributions.
4. Circumstances in which pensions shall be paid.
5. Rate and manner of payment of pensions.
6. Cessation of pension if person in receipt thereof again becomes Senator

or member of Parliament.
7. Refund of contributions.
8. Wards.
9. Award to personal representatives.
10. Children’s allowance.
11. Awards to former legislators who served prior to 1st January, 1987.
12. Awards to former legislators who served between 1st January, 1987 and

1st October, 1989.
13. Additional years may be bought.
14. Awards charged on Consolidated Fund.
15. Awards not assignable, etc.
16. Alteration of Schedules.
17. Application of Act.

FIRST SCHEDULE
SECOND SCHEDULE

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An Act to provide contributory pensions for Senators

and members of Parliament, for allowances for their widows
and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Assent 14th September, 1995]
[Commencement 1st December, 1995]

1. This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary
Pensions Act.

2. In this Act unless the context otherwise requires —
“award” means any amount, other than a refund, paid

or payable out of the Consolidated Fund to any
person pursuant to this Act;

“basic salary” means the emoluments, whether by
stipend or honorarium, provided in the Ap-
proved Estimates, (exclusive of housing allo-
wance, entertainment allowance and any other
allowance of whatever kind), being the average
annual salary calculated by reference to the
three highest annual salaries received by a
Senator or member of Parliament, as the case
may be, during the period of fifteen years
immediately prior to the date on which the
Senator or member of Parliament ceased to be
such;

“contributions” means contributions made to the
Consolidated Fund pursuant to section 3 or
section 12;

“contributor” means a Senator or member of Parlia-
ment who by virtue of section 3 or section 12
becomes a contributor under this Act;

“former Act” means the Parliamentary Pensions Act,
1989;

24 of 1995
23 of 1996
13 of 1997
22 of 2007
42 of 2007

Short title.

Interpretation.


42 of 2007.









22 of 2007.

8 of 1989.

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“former legislative service” means any service as a
Senator or member of Parliament prior to the
date of the coming into operation of this Act;

“full parliamentary term” means the period commen-
cing on the date of the commencement of the
first session of Parliament next after a general
election and expiring on the date of the next
ensuing dissolution of Parliament;

“member of Parliament” means a person who is a
member of the House of Assembly;

“Minister” means the Minister assigned responsibility
for the administration of this Act or, where such
responsibility has not been assigned, the Minister
of Finance, except that in the First Schedule it
means any Minister;

“one year’s salary” for the purposes of an award
under section 9 refers to the basic salary paid to
the Senator or member of Parliament in respect
of whom the award is payable;

“pension” means a pension payable pursuant to
section 5;

“pensioner” means a former member of the House of
Assembly or of the Senate, who has been
awarded a pension pursuant to this Act or the
former Act;

“salary” means the basic salary payable or paid to a
Senator or member of Parliament, but so that
where a Senator or member of Parliament is or
at any relevant time has been the holder of any
specified office, it includes the basic salary
payable or paid to him in respect of that office;

“Senator” means a person who is a member of the
Senate;

“specified office” means any office specified in the
First Schedule;

“widow” includes a “widower” as the case may be
and for this purpose all necessary adaptations
shall be made.

First Schedule.

First Schedule.

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3. (1) Every person who at the commencement of
this Act is a Senator or member of Parliament, and every
person who thereafter becomes a Senator bor member of
Parliament, shall, by virtue of being a Senator or member
of Parliament, become a contributor under this Act.

(2) This section shall not apply to any person who,
within thirty days after the coming into operation of this
Act or of his becoming a Senator or member of Parliament,
notifies the Treasurer in writing of his intention not to
become a Contributor under this Act; and such person shall
not re-apply to become a participant during the four years
immediately following his notification, and the period of
service during which he did not contribute shall not be
recognised for the eligibility to or computation of a
pension.

(3) The Treasurer shall retain from the salary of
every person who has elected to become a contributor by
virtue of subsection (1) an amount equal to six per centum
of the salary of that person, and amounts retained by the
Treasurer pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be
for the purposes of this Act contributions made to the
Consolidated Fund by the Senator or member of Parlia-
ment in question.

(4) The Treasurer shall also retain from the pension
paid or payable to a pensioner six per centum of the
amount that is or would have been payable as a full
pension, pursuant to section 5(1), and which funds shall be
used for the contingent awards or allowances to widows
and children.

(5) A person who has elected to become a
contributor by virtue of subsection(1) and who served as a
Senator or member of Parliament at any time during the
period commencing on 9th February, 1994 and expiring at
the date of commencement of this Act, shall, either
immediately or in any case not later than two years from the
date of commencement of this Act, pay to the Treasurer an
amount equal to the contributions which were not actually
paid by the Senator or member of Parliament in respect of
his service as such during the period commencing and
expiring as aforesaid, at the rate of six per centum of the
salary paid to such Senator or member of Parliament in
respect of such service.

Contributors and
contributions.

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(6) Where a person fails to immediately pay the
amount referred to in subsection (5), then, if such person —

(a) is a Senator or member of Parliament, the
Treasurer may with the consent of that person
deduct, from any salary payable to the Senator
or member of Parliament, from month to month
a sum of money until the amount of the
contributions not actually paid by the Senator or
member of Parliament is fully paid; or

(b) is a pensioner who retired whether before or
after the coming into operation of this Act, the
Treasurer may deduct, from the pension, the
amount of the contributions not actually paid by
the pensioner,

together with interest thereon at the rate of five per centum
per annum.

4. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a
contributor shall become eligible to receive a pension
under this Act if he —

(a) has served as a Senator or member of Parliament
or both either for eight years or two full
parliamentary terms which ever is the lesser and
has attained the age of fifty-five years; or

(b) has served as a Senator or member of Parliament
or both and has satisfied the Minister by medical
evidence that he is incapable by reason of
infirmity of mind or body of continuing to
discharge the duties of a Senator or member of
Parliament and that such infirmity is likely to be
permanent,

and has ceased to be a Senator or member of Parliament.
(2) For the purposes of this section a person shall

not be deemed to have ceased to he a Senator or member of
Parliament by reason only of a dissolution of Parliament;
but a person who immediately before such a dissolution
was a member of either chamber of Parliament shall be
deemed to have ceased, with effect from the date of the
poll for the next ensuing general election of members to
the House of Assembly, to be such a member if he is not a
member of either chamber when it first meets after the
dissolution.

Circumstances in
which pensions
shall be paid.

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(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) in the case of a
person to whom subsection (1)(b) applies if that person
ceases to be a member of Parliament or a Senator in
consequence of the dissolution of Parliament he shall be
treated as having so ceased because of infirmity of mind or
body if, but only if, he satisfies the Minister that as a direct
consequence of his ill-health he did not seek re-election or
nomination to Parliament or was not reappointed a Senator
as the case may be after the dissolution.

(4) Account shall only be taken of former legislative
service for the purposes of this section and of section 5 if
contributions were paid pursuant to the provisions of the
former Act and of this Act in respect of the period or part
thereof constituting that service.

5. (1) The amount payable annually as pension to
any person to whom paragraph (a) of section 4(1) applies
shall be a full pension being —

(a) if he has served not less than four full
parliamentary terms or sixteen years, whichever
is the lesser, one hundred per centum of the
equivalence of four per centum of his basic
salary multiplied by the number of years, not
exceeding sixteen, of his recognized service or
fraction thereof to a maximum of two-thirds of
the basic salary received by him; or

(b) if he has served not less than three full
parliamentary terms or twelve years, whichever is
the lesser, seventy-five per centum of the
equivalence of four per centum of his basic salary
multiplied by the number of years of his
recognized service or fraction thereof to a
maximum of two-thirds of the basic salary
received by him; or

(c) if he has served two full parliamentary terms or
eight years, whichever is the lesser, fifty per
centum of the equivalence of four per centum of
his basic salary multiplied by the number of
years of his recognized service or fraction
thereof to a maximum of two-thirds of the basic
salary received by him.

Rate and manner
of payment of
pensions.

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(2) A Senator or member of Parliament to whom a
pension is payable under subsection (1) may elect to
receive —

(a) a reduced pension, that is to say, a pension at an
annual rate equivalent to three-quarters of the
full pension to which he would otherwise be
entitled; and

(b) in addition to the reduced pension, a gratuity
equivalent to twelve and one half times the
difference between the reduced pension and the
full pension aforesaid.

(3) A person to whom paragraph (b) of section 4(1)
applies shall if he has served as a Senator or member of
Parliament for —

(a) a period not less than eight years be paid a
pension; and the pension payable to such a
person shall be calculated in accordance with the
provisions of paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of
subsection (1) as the case may be; or

(b) a period less than eight years be paid a gratuity
equal to the contributions paid by that person
together with interest thereon at the rate of five
per centum per annum.

(4) Every pension —
(a) shall be paid with effect from the date on which

the person to whom the pension is payable
becomes entitled to the pension pursuant to
section 4;

(b) subject to the provisions of this Act, shall
continue to be paid during the lifetime of that
person; and

(c) shall be paid monthly in equal instalments as far
as possible.

(5) For the purposes of this section and of sections
7(2), 8(5) and 9 a reference to the total amount of the
contributions paid by a person under this Act shall
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Act,
include amounts actually contributed by that person in
respect of any period of his former legislative service under
the former Act, or pursuant to the provisions of this Act.

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(6) For the purposes of this section, the term
“recognized service” means the aggregate of service as a
Senator and member of Parliament after the coming into
operation of this Act in respect of which contributions were
paid and any former legislative service pursuant to section
4(4).

6. (1) A pension payable under this Act, shall, if
the person in receipt thereof again becomes a Senator or
member of Parliament, cease to be payable during the
period in respect of which that person is in receipt of salary
as a Senator or member of Parliament:

Provided that where the rate of such pension exceeds
the rate of such salary nothing in this subsection shall
prevent the payment of pension to the extent of the excess.

(2) At the expiration of the period referred to in
subsection (1) the rate of pension shall be recalculated in
accordance with, and subject to, the principles set out in
section 5(1) to take into account any further contributions
paid by that person during that period.

(3) A pension recalculated in accordance with
subsection (2) shall be paid at the recalculated rate with
effect from the date of cessation of the period of service as
a Senator or member of Parliament giving rise to the
recalculation, but without the option set out in section 5(2).

7. (1) Where any person —
(a) has made contributions pursuant to this Act; and
(b) has ceased to be a Senator or member of

Parliament in circumstances such that he is not
eligible for a pension or gratuity,

he shall be refunded an amount equal to the total amount of
the said contributions, together with interest thereon at the
rate of five per centum per annum.

(2) Where a contributor has ceased to be qualified to
be a Senator or member of Parliament and at the date of the
disqualification that contributor was not entitled to a
pension or gratuity, the Minister may direct that the total
amount of the contributions paid by the contributor shall be
refunded to him together with interest thereon at the
rate of five per centum per annum.

Cessation of
pension if person
in receipt thereof
again becomes
Senator or
member of
Parliament.

Refund of
contributions.

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(3) Where a refund has been made to any person
under this section, no other award shall be made under this
Act to, or in respect of, that person in relation to his service
as a Senator or member of Parliament prior to the date of
the refund.

(4) Any interest payable under this section shall be
at the rate of five per centum per annum.

8. (1) Where a person dies, after the coming into
operation of this Act —

(a) in receipt of a pension;
(b) having served as a Senator or member of

Parliament and was at the time of death eligible
to receive a pension but for his age; or

(c) while serving as a Senator or member of
Parliament, having served not less than eight
years or two parliamentary terms, whichever is
the lesser,

and leaving a widow, there shall be paid to the widow in
respect of any period after the coming into operation of this
Act, during her lifetime and while unmarried or, where she
remarries, then for a period of one year during her
remarriage, commencing with the date of her remarriage, a
widow’s allowance at an annual rate equivalent —
(i) in a case to which paragraph (a) of this

subsection applies, to sixty per centum of her
late husband’s pension;

(ii) in a case to which paragraph (b) of this
subsection applies, to sixty per centum of the
amount of pension to which her late husband
would have been entitled whether or not he had
attained the age of fifty-five years or if he had
satisfied the requirements of paragraph (b) of
section 4(1); or

(iii) in a case to which paragraph (c) of this
subsection applies, to sixty per centum of the
amount of pension to which her late husband
would have been entitled whether or not he had
attained the age of fifty-five years.

Wards.

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(2) A widow to whom an allowance is payable
under paragraph (ii) or (iii) of subsection (1) may elect to
receive, in lieu of the allowance, a gratuity of one year’s
salary of her late husband.

(3) A widow’s allowance under this section shall be
paid monthly in equal instalments as far as possible.

(4) Where a person who is serving as a Senator or
member of Parliament dies in circumstances such that his
widow does not qualify for a widow’s allowance under the
preceding provisions of this section there shall be paid to
the widow a gratuity of six months’ salary of her late
husband plus an amount equal to the total contributions
paid by the Senator or member of Parliament together with
interest thereon at the rate of five per centum per annum.

(5) Where a widow entitled to an award under
subsection (1) dies before she has received by way of
widow’s allowance an amount equal to a gratuity payable
pursuant to subsection (4), there shall be paid to her legal
personal representative the amount of such gratuity
aforesaid but to the extent only that that amount exceeds
the aggregate of —

(a) the amount of widow’s allowance paid to her
(and for the purposes of this subsection she shall
be deemed to have been paid during the
preceding period the full amount of such
widow’s allowance notwithstanding any
cessation or reduction thereof pursuant to
subsection (3)); and

(b) the amount of any pension paid to her late
husband in respect of whose service the
allowance is payable.

(6) The aggregate of a widow’s allowance under
this section and a children’s allowance under section 10
shall not exceed an amount equal to one hundred per
centum of the amount of pension to which her late husband
would have been entitled.

(7) The foregoing provisions of this section shall
also apply to a person mentioned in subsection (1)(c) who
died prior to the coming into operation of this Act and who
actually paid contributions under the former Act.

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9. (1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2)
where a Senator or member of Parliament dies without
leaving a widow there shall be paid to the legal personal
representative of such Senator or member of Parliament —

(a) in the case of a person who has served as a
Senator or member of Parliament for periods
equal in the aggregate to less than eight years, a
gratuity equal to the total contributions paid by
that person with interest thereon at the rate of
five per centum per annum together with an
amount equivalent to one-half of one year’s
salary of that person;

(b) in the case of a person who has served as a
Senator or member of Parliament for periods
equal in the aggregate to eight years or more, a
gratuity equal to the total contributions paid by
that person with interest thereon at the rate of
five per centum per annum plus one year’s
salary of that person.

(2) There shall be deducted from any gratuity
payable pursuant to subsection (1) the amount of any
pension paid to the person in respect of whose service as a
Senator or member of Parliament the gratuity is payable.

10. (1) Subject to this Act, where a person who
comes within section 8(1) (hereinafter in this section
referred to as the “deceased legislator”) dies leaving one or
more children, a children’s allowance shall be payable in
respect of such a child or children while under the age of
sixteen years or, while the child or children being above the
age of sixteen years and under the age of eighteen years, is
or are receiving full-time education or training otherwise
than under a contract of service under which wages are paid.

(2) Only one children’s allowance is payable in
respect of service of any one person as a legislator, but —

(a) the rate therefor may vary according to the
number of children entitled thereto, so however,
that the aggregate rate of allowance payable
shall not exceed the rate specified in subsection
(3)(a) or subsection (4)(a) as the case may be;

(b) it shall be paid to such person or persons as the
Minister may from time to time direct, and
different parts thereof may be directed to be paid
to different persons;

Award to
personal
representatives.

Children’s
allowance.

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(c) the person to whom all or any part thereof is
paid shall apply the sum paid to him, without
distinction, for the benefit of all the children for
the time being entitled or for the benefit of such
of them as the Minister may from time to time
direct.

(3) Where the deceased legislator leaves a widow
the annual rate of the children’s allowance during her
lifetime shall be —

(a) one-third of the rate of the pension of the
deceased legislator, not being the widow’s
allowance, specified in section 8(1) where there
are two or more children entitled to the
children’s allowance;

(b) one-sixth of the rate of such pension, where
there is only one child entitled to the children’s
allowance.

(4) Where the deceased legislator leaves no widow,
or where he leaves a widow, then, after her death, or after
any allowance payable to her ceases to be paid before her
death, the annual rate of the children’s allowance shall
be —

(a) one-half of the rate of the pension, not being the
widow’s allowance, specified in section 8(1)
where there are two or more children entitled to
the children’s allowance;

(b) one-quarter of the rate of such pension where
there is only one child entitled to the children’s
allowance.

(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a child who
marries while under the age of eighteen years shall cease to
be entitled to the children’s allowance.

(6) For the purpose of this section the expression
“child” includes —

(a) a posthumous child;
(b) a step-child;
(c) a child (not being a child of the deceased

legislator) who in the case of any marriage to
which the deceased legislator was at any time a
party, was treated by the deceased legislator as a
child of the family in relation to that marriage;

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(d) an adopted child adopted in a manner
recognized by law, in the case of a person
referred to in paragraph (a) of section 8(1),
before that person last ceased to be a Senator or
member of Parliament; and

(e) any child (not being a child included in the
foregoing paragraphs of this subsection) who
immediately before the death of the deceased
legislator was being maintained, either wholly or
partly, by the deceased legislator.

11. (1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in
the foregoing provisions a person to whom this section
applies shall be paid with effect from the coming into
operation of this Act —

(a) if he held office as a Minister, Speaker,
President of the Senate or Leader of the
Opposition, an annual pension of nine thousand
dollars;

(b) if he was a member of Parliament other than the
holder of an office mentioned in paragraph (a),
an annual pension of six thousand dollars; and

(c) if he was a Senator other than the holder of an
office mentioned in paragraph (a), an annual
pension of four thousand dollars.

(2) This section applies to a person being not less
than fifty-five years who —

(a) was deemed a contributor under the former Act;
(b) (i) is not in receipt of or has not received, a

pension or a reduced pension under the
former Act; or

(ii) has received a reduced pension but has not
received a gratuity under the former Act;

(c) prior to 1st January, 1987, served as a Senator or
member of Parliament or both for six years or
two full parliamentary terms, whichever is the
lesser, or, by reason of illness shown to the
satisfaction of the Minister, such other shorter
period; and

(d) who within ninety days of the coming into
operation of this Act by notice in writing to the
Treasurer states that he wishes this section to
apply to him in lieu of any pension rights that he
had or may have had under the former Act.

Awards to
former legislators
who served prior
to 1st January,
1987.

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(3) The widow of a person who at the tune of his
death was in receipt of a pension under this section or of a
person to whom this section would have applied but for his
death prior to the coming into operation of this Act shall be
paid upon application to the Treasurer the amount of
pension that would have been payable to the deceased
spouse pursuant to subsection (1) but for his death.

12. (1) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, a
person to whom this section applies, shall be paid a
pension in accordance with, and subject to, the principles
set out in section 5(1) if, within one year of the coming into
operation of this Act, by notice in writing to the Treasurer,
he states that he wishes this section to apply to him in lieu
of any rights that he had or may have had to pension or
gratuity under the former Act.

(2) A person to whom this section applies may, in
the notice given under subsection (1), inform the Treasurer
that he wishes to make contributions in respect of that
period of his prior service during which contributions were
not actually paid by him, at the rate of five per centum of
the salary received by him and in that notice authorise the
Treasurer to make any deductions for that purpose from the
sum payable as pension.

(3) In this section “prior service”, in relation to a
person, is a reference to a period of former legislative
service at any time between 1st January, 1987 and 1st
October, 1989 and for which period that person was in
receipt of a salary.

(4) In the payment of any pension in respect of the
service of a person to whom this section applies account
shall be taken of monies previously paid out of the
Consolidated Fund as pension in regards to that service,
and the rate of pension shall be recalculated in accordance
with, and subject to, the principles set out in section 5(1).

(5) This section applies to a person who served as a
Senator or member of Parliament at any time during the
period commencing on 1st January, 1987 and expiring on
1st October, 1989) and who —

(a) was deemed a contributor under the former Act;
(b) is in receipt of or has received a reduced pension

under the former Act;

Awards to
former legislators
who served be-
tween 1st January,
1987 and 1st
October, 1989.
23 of 1996, s. 2.

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(c) is eligible to receive a pension or gratuity under
the former Act; and

(d) has served as a Senator or member of Parliament
or both for eight years or two full parliamentary
terms, whichever is the lesser.

13. (1) A person to whom this section applies may
subject to subsection (2) no later than twenty-eight days
prior to the receipt of any gratuity or pension payable to
him under this Act inform the Treasurer by notice in
writing that he wishes to make contributions in respect of
that period of his prior service during which contributions
were not actually paid by him, at the rate of five per
centum of the salary received by him and in that notice
authorise the Treasurer to make any deductions for that
purpose from the sum payable as gratuity or pension, as the
case may be.

(2) A person who exercises the right given by
subsection (1) shall not be entitled to exercise the option
conferred by section 5(2) unless the right exercised under
subsection (1) relates to all his prior service in respect of
which a pension is payable.

(3) In this section “prior service”, in relation to a
person is a reference to a period of former legislative
service prior to 1st October, 1989 and for which period that
person was in receipt of a salary.

(4) Subject to subsection (6), this section applies to
a person who at the coming into operation of this Act is a
Senator or member of Parliament or a person who was
formerly one, and who was or is a contributor under the
former Act by virtue of the retention by the Treasurer of a
percentage of his salary under that Act or being a former
Senator or member of Parliament was such on 1st January,
1987.

(5) In the payment of any pension or awards in
respect of the service of a person to whom this section or
section 8 or 11 applies account shall be taken of monies
previously paid out of the Consolidated Fund as a gratuity,
pension, advance or otherwise in regards to that
service.

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(6) A person to whom this section applies shall only
be entitled to receive benefits under this Act if within one
year of its coming into operation by notice in writing to the
Treasurer he states that he wishes this section to apply to
him in lieu of any pension rights that he had or may have
had under the former Act.

14. (1) Any pension, allowance, gratuity or refund
payable under this Act is hereby charged on the
Consolidated Fund.

(2) No person who has received or is in receipt of a
pension or gratuity paid or payable pursuant to any
provision of this Act, shall be entitled to a further pension
or gratuity under any other provision of this Act.

(3) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall
apply for the purpose of effecting payment of any award
and for the keeping of accounts in respect of such
payments.

15. An award shall not be assignable or transferable
except for the purpose of satisfying —

(a) a debt due to the Government; or
(b) any sum of money ordered by any court to be

paid (whether periodically or not) towards the
maintenance of the husband or wife, former
husband or wife or child (being a minor) as the
case may be of the Senator or member of
Parliament in respect of whom the award is
payable,

and shall not be liable to be attached, sequestered or levied
upon, for or in respect of any debt or claim whatever
except a debt or sum of money mentioned in paragraph (a)
or (b).

16. The Minister may by order amend the provisions
of the Schedules.

17. The provisions of this Act shall not apply to a
person who is in receipt of a pension or other like
allowance under theGovernor-General’s Pension Act, 1988
or the Prime Minister’s Pension Act, 1997:

Provided that this Act shall apply to a person who
has served as Prime Minister for less than eight years.

Awards charged
on Consolidated
Fund.

23 of 1996, s. 3.

Second Schedule.

Awards not
assignable, etc.

Alteration of
Schedules.

Application of
Act.
13 of 1997, s. 10
and Sch.
Ch. 44.
Ch. 12.

CH.11 – 18] PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS





STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

(2) A pension payable under this Act, shall, if the
person in receipt thereof becomes the holder of the office
of Governor-General or Prime Minister cease to be payable
during the period in respect of which that person is in
receipt of salary or pension for that office:

Provided that where the rate of pension exceeds the
rate of such salary nothing in this section shall prevent the
payment of pension to the extent of that excess.

FIRST SCHEDULE (Sections 2(1) and 16)
Minister
Parliamentary Secretary
Speaker
Deputy Speaker
Leader of the Opposition
Government Whip
Deputy Government Whip
Opposition Whip

SECOND SCHEDULE (Sections 13(2) and 16)
1. Each payment under any award shall be made in arrears

on the fifth day of each month, but in the event that the fifth day
of any month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday the
payments shall, in lieu of being made on that day, be made on the
next following day not being itself a Saturday, Sunday or public
holiday.

2. Where the recipient of an award is incapable of managing
his affairs, the Minister may direct that payments under the award
may be made to the spouse, son or daughter of the recipient, or to
any other person in whose care the recipient is or who may be
responsible for the cost of the care and maintenance of the
recipient, and the receipt of the person to whom the whole or part
of a pension is so paid shall be a sufficient discharge therefor.

3. The Minister may in writing designate such persons as
the Minister sees fit as the persons responsible for keeping and
recording the accounts of contributions and awards under the
Act and, thereupon, the accounts shall be kept and recorded, by
the persons so designated, in such manner as may be approved
by the Minister.

13 of 1997, s. 10
and Sch.

Date of payment
of awards.

Payment other
than to recipient
of award.

Accounts.

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