§ Mr. DENIS KILBRIDE (on behalf of Mr. John Roche)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that John 1292 Mannion, of Lismihill, Killimore, county Galway, applied for a pension last November, and that his application was accompanied by a certificate or letter from the Rev. John Callanan, P.P., Killimore, stating his belief that the applicant was over 70 years of age; whether the Census shows him to be 76 years of age; and, if so, will he direct that Mannion's pension dates from 1st January last?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Hobhouse)
No trace can be found of a claim for pension having been made by John Mannion in November last. A claim dated 8th January last was received by the Pension Officer on the following day. It was necessary to refer the case to the Census Office for verification of age. The Census records showed the claimant to be eight years of age in 1841. I will make further inquiry into the case, and communicate the result to the hon. Member.