§ Mr. HAYDEN
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, in the case of Rose Ann Scally, Anaghan, Belanagare, county Roscommon, in the Castlerea pension district, an applicant for an old age pension, who states she is seventy-nine years of age, but whose age cannot be traced under the Census or other Returns, the Local Government Board will take into consideration as definite evidence that she is over seventy the fact that she was married fifty-five years ago, and that her eldest son has a certificate that he is fifty-two years old; and, should this not be regarded as sufficient evidence, whether he will state what evidence in such a case is regarded by the Local Government Board as conclusive?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
There is no evidence that this woman is fifty-five years married, but it appears that her eldest child was baptised on the 7th July, 1861. Her name was not found in the record of her parents' 1281W family in the 1841 Census Return, and in the 1851 Census Return she was shown as only eight years old. The Local Government Board are therefore not satisfied that she has reached the statutory age.