§ Captain MURRAY
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he can supply a statement showing for the county of Kincardineshire the population (1011 Census); the number of old age pensioners on the last Fridays in March 1909, 1910, 1011, 1912; the number of old age pensioners per 1,000 (1911 figures) of the total population and of the population of seventy years of age and over, respectively; the amount (approximately) produced by a 1d. rate; the annual (approximate) cost of pensions; the rate (approximately) which would be required if pensions were a local charge; and the number of persons over seventy years of age, excluding lunatics in asylums, etc., in receipt of indoor and outdoor relief, respectively, on the 15th January, 1909, and the 15th January, 1912?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
The population of the county of Kincardine according to the 1911 Census was 29,580. I am in-formed that particulars as to the number of old age pensioners in the county on the last Friday in March are not available for 1909 and 1910, as for these years the numbers were not differentiated for the various counties, but that the numbers for that2296W date in 1911 and 1912 were 924 and 935, respectively. The number for 1911 (924) represents 31.24 per thousand of the total population and 569.6 per thousand of the population over seventy years of age, which according to the 1911 Census was 1,622. The annual approximate cost of the pensions calculated at an average of £12 10s. per head per annum works out at about £11,700. The amount produced by a 1d. rate in the county if levied on gross rental (£214,373) would be £l,018, and if levied on owners' net assessable rental (£201,252) would be £838. The rate required to raise £11,700 (the approximate amount of the pensions) would be approximately 1s. per £ on gross rental, or 1s. 2d. per £ on owners' net assessable rental. The numbers of persons over seventy years of age in receipt of indoor and outdoor relief, respectively, at the dates mentioned were:—
5th Jan.,1909 15th Jan.,1912 Indoor 19 17 Outdoor 91 8