HC Deb 01 March 1910 vol 14 cc822-3W

asked whether, in view of the defective nature of the Census Returns of 1841 and 1851, and the consequent hardship inflicted on deserving aged persons, especially in Ireland, the Government contemplate an amendment of the Old Age Pensions Act whereby some other standard or test of age will be adopted other than that supplied by these Returns?


It does not require legislation to enable the Local Government Board to adopt a new test of age other than the Census Returns. The difficulty the Board have is to find one. Perhaps the hon. Member can suggest an efficient test. If so, the Local Government Board will be most happy to consider it.