§ Sir WALTER NUGENT
asked on what grounds the Local Government Board in Ireland deprived Charles Murray, of Moate, county Westmeath, of a pension which had been granted to him of 3s. per week when he appealed to have it raised to 5s.; whether the facts before them were as follows: that Murray is a labourer earning 8s. per week living in a labourers' cottage rented at Is. per week, having no stock or poultry of any kind, and supporting a son and daughter both recently released from Mullingar lunatic asylum; and whether the Local Government Board will consider the fresh application made by Murray which has been before the local committee?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Local Government Board disallowed Murray's claim on the ground that his means exceeded the statutory limit. They found that he earned eight shillings a week regularly, had half an acre under potatoes, and another half-acre under oats, and possessed a donkey, two pigs, and some poultry. Should a fresh claim come before the Board on appeal it will receive full consideration.