HC Deb 05 November 1909 vol 12 cc2242-3W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can say what were the numbers of old age pensioners on the books of the pension officers for England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as a whole respectively for the latest date to which figures are available; what has been the cost of the pensions in each country from 1st January this year to the latest date for which the figures are available; and what is the estimated total cost of old age pensions for the present financial year?


supplied the following particulars:—

Numbers of Pensioners on 30th September.
Men. Women. Total.
England and Wales 155,289 266,143 421,432
Scotland 25,910 49,224 75,134
Ireland 80,221 105,981 186,202
Cost of Pensions to 21st October.
England and Wales 3,974,571
Scotland 721,489
Ireland 1,858,756
United Kingdom £6,554,816

Full details of the estimated cost, both of the pensions themselves and of the administrative expenses in connection therewith for the current financial year, are given in the Civil Service Estimates, Class VI., Vote 5. (House of Commons 54 of 1909.)