§ Mr. FFRENCH
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with further reference to the case of the old age pensioner, Quirke, No. 99, No. 3 sub-committee, Wexford County, whether he is aware that the accuracy of his reply of the 21st December, in which he stated that between the dates 7th August and 3rd November, no application for authorisation of an agent to cash the pension money on the pensioner's behalf was made, is disputed by the workhouse master, who reasserts that on several occasions he asked the local pension officer for authority to draw Quirke's pension, but failed to get it; and whether he is prepared to make any statement on the subject.
§ Mr. BALDWIN
I have received no intimation other than that contained in the question that the workhouse master disputes the accuracy of my right hon. Friend's reply, but the particular point on which, rightly or wrongly, he questions its correctness is, fortunately, not material. The Local Government Board having decided that Quirke was in receipt of disqualifying Poor Law relief from the 7th August last, it follows that, whether 2081W an agent's authority had been obtained or not, no pension money would be due to Quirke after that date.