§ Major O'NEILL
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland how many retired Irish national school teachers have received no benefit from the Increase of Pensions Act; how many have received less than £10 per annum; how many have received £10 and less than £20; and can he give in respect of the above figures the number of such teachers whose pensions were £10 and under, £20 and under, £40 and under, and £60 and under, respectively?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
The work in connection with the revision of pensions of National School Teachers under the Pensions (Increase) Act is at present proceeding, and until it has been completed it is impossible to give reliable statistics showing how these pensions have been affected. When all the claims put forward for increase have been decided, the figures asked for can be stated. Out of 2,700 pensioners, 1,241 have been granted additional pensions. At least 700 can receive no increase, because present pension exceeds pre-War pension, plus the percentage increase allowed by the Act. The remaining cases are under consideration. They include people who have not yet returned claims, those whose old age pensions make adjustment necessary, those whose total income is doubtful, and other cases requiring investigation.