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The Hong Kong (Overseas Public Servants) (Continuing Service: Compensation) Order 1996

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Entitled officers who leave the service of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in certain circumstances

12.—(1) Save as provided in paragraph (2), an officer who satisfies the Secretary of State that he has been required to retire from the service of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for the purpose of facilitating improvements in the organisation of the department in which he was serving by which greater efficiency or economy may be effected, or on medical or other grounds not involving his own misconduct or default, shall be entitled to receive the outstanding balance of compensation and any interest due to him as soon as possible after his retirement.

(2) Where any entitled officer (other than an officer referred to in article 5(e)) retires on abolition of office or compulsory retirement terms during the period starting on 1st July 1997 and ending on 30th June 2001—

(a)a calculation shall be made of the capital value at the time he retires of the additional pension awarded to him by reason of such abolition of office or compulsory retirement under the relevant pension law of Hong Kong; and

(b)if the capital value of such additional pension is equal to, or greater than, the compensation to which the officer would otherwise have been entitled under this Order, the officer shall not be entitled to any compensation under this Order and any sum previously paid to him hereunder, and any interest paid thereon, shall be repaid by him to the Secretary of State and, if not so repaid, may be recovered at the suit of the Secretary of State;

(c)if the capital value of such additional pension is less than the compensation to which the officer would otherwise have been entitled under this Order, the compensation due to the officer under this Order shall be a sum equal to the difference between the two and any sum previously paid to him hereunder in excess thereof (otherwise than by way of interest) shall be repaid by him to the Secretary of State and, if not so repaid, may be recovered at the suit of the Secretary of State.

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