§ 91. Mr. LYNCH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, with regard to old age pensions in Ireland, he will take into account that 7s. 6d. nowadays represents less purchasing power than 5s. formerly, and will advise that the old age pensions be automatically increased, except in exceptional cases, where the pension officer can give good reason for advising otherwise; and whether the Local Government Board will take the onus of the proof?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I would refer the hon. Member to the recent Treasury scheme for the award of additional allowances up to 2s. 6d. a week to old age pensioners; I am of opinion that this scheme adequately meets the needs of the case.