§ MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieu- 34 tenant of Ireland whether the Local Government Board have decided in the case of any existing officer, who was not sixty years of age on the appointed day under the Local Government Board (Ireland) Act, 1898, that he was not entitled on his retirement through ill-health or otherwise to a pension according to the Civil Service scale, where it was refused by the local authorities.
§ MR. G. W. BALFOUR
The schoolmaster of the Longford Workhouse inquired if he would be entitled to a superannuation allowance on retirement, his age being fifty-five years. He was informed by the Local Government Board that a union officer cannot claim a pension under Section 118 of the Act of 1898 unless he was sixty years of age on the appointed day, and had on that date completed twenty years poor law service. The provisions of the Union Officers' Superannuation Acts apply as heretofore to the grant of pensions to officers who do not fall within the terms of Section 118 of the Act of 1898, and it rests with the guardians to determine whether they would grant him a pension and the amount of such allowance, under the former Acts.