§ Mr. DORIS
asked upon what grounds the pension officer for the Castlebar (No. 1), county Mayo, sub-committee's district estimated the income of Edward McGowan, Sallagher, Castlebar, as being over £21 per annum; whether he will direct that the basis of such calculations shall be revealed to the public; whether McGowan has been refused his pension book by the pension officer, although the Local Government Board have decided that the claimant is entitled to 3s. per week; and can he state the rent and valuation of McGowan's holding of land, his only source of income?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
The pension officer's estimate of McGowan's means was based upon the stock and crops on the holding which he occupies, with an allowance for rent, rates, labour and hay bought for the stock. The rent of the holding is £3 3s., and the valuation £2 15s. McGowan has not been refused a book of pension orders, but he himself refused to accept a book when tendered to him by the officer.