HC Deb 02 March 1909 vol 1 c1388W

asked the Lord Advocate if he will state the number of old age pensions granted in the counties of Ross, Cromarty, Sutherland, the Orkneys and Shetlands; and what proportion the number bears to the total population of these districts and to the number of persons of 70 years and upwards?


Old age pension statistics are not compiled on the basis of counties, and the desired figures are therefore not available for the counties of Ross, Cromarty, or Sutherland.

The number of pensions granted up to the 31st December, 1908, is:—

In the Orkneys 1,349
In the Shetlands 1,895

According to the Census of 1901, the total population—

Of the Orkneys is 28,699
And of the Shetlands is 28,166
and the figures for the number of persons over 70 are—
Orkneys 2,027
Shetlands 2,163

The proportions borne by the recipients of pensions are therefore—

In the Orkneys about 1 in 21 of the total population and 2 in 3 of those over 70.

In the Shetlands about 1 in 15 of the total population and 7 in 8 of those over 70.