§ MR. FELL
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Census Returns of 1901 are not placed at the disposal of the pension officers for the purpose of assisting them, to test by the readiest and most unprejudiced evidence the statements of age made by applicants; and why the Census Returns should not be accepted until disproved by birth certificates or other undoubted evidence.
§ THE CHANCELLOR OP THE EXCHEQUER (MR. LLOYD-GEORGE, Carnarvon Boroughs)
A pledge was given by the Government upon the schedules sent out in connection with the Census of 1901 that the information supplied would be treated as confidential and world not be used for purposes other than those of the Census. It would accordingly be impossible to make use of the Returns of that Census in the manner suggested.