§ 6. Mr. FFRENCH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is aware that the Bridgetown pension committee granted an old age pension to Elizabeth Walsh, and that their decision was set aside by the Irish Local Government Board, notwithstanding the fact that the secretary of the said committee testified that the applicant was some years his senior and that he him- 1013 self only wanted a few months of seventy years of age; and will he order an inquiry into the matter?
§ The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Mr. Birrell)
The facts are as stated in the question. The Local Government Board did not, however, consider that the secretary's opinion of the claimant's age could be taken as sufficiently conclusive in the total absence of any other evidence. If the claimant has fresh evidence to submit it is open to her to make a further application.