HC Deb 23 September 1909 vol 11 cc594-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can say on what ground the Local Government Board (Ireland) stopped the old age pension of 3s. a week to Mrs. Ellen Shanahan, of Lisnamuck, Croagh, in the county of Limerick (No. in Sub-Committee Register 144, No. in Pension Officer's Register 683); is he aware that she was not satisfied with the amount, as she considered her board and lodging in her son's house was only value for £12 per year, the amount she was to receive under his marriage settlement, made over four years ago, in case she disagreed with him; and is he aware that she raised the question with the pension officer, who reported that she was not entitled to 5s. a week, and, on appeal to the Local Government Board, they decided that she was not entitled to any pension; and, having regard to these facts, will he direct them to grant her the pension of 5s. per week?


The Local Government Board upheld the appeal of the pension officer on the ground that the Board considered that Mrs. Shanahan's support and maintenance, in the circumstances, was worth more than £31 10s. a year. My right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary has no authority to give the direction indicated in the hon. Member's question.