§ Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Minister of Pensions the number of need pensions which In Ye been increased, reduced, or left unaltered, respectively, in the last 12 months ended 31st May?
§ Major TRYON
During the year ended 31st March last out of 38,000 need pensions in payment, 3,000 were increased and 6,000 were decreased. A large proportion of the decreases of need pensions were due to adjustments contemplated by the Statutory provisions against double payments in the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act. The effect of the combined pensions has been in most of these cases to increase the aggregate income of the pensioners.