Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Widows' and Orphans' Pensions.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state (a) the number of claims for widows' pensions received to date and the number sanctioned for payment, (b) the number of claims for orphans' pensions received to date and the number sanctioned for payment, (c) the average weekly pension granted to childless widows, widows with dependents, distinguishing the amount granted according to the number of dependents and to orphans.

The reply will be published in the official report.

The following is the reply:—

(a) Number of claims for widows' pensions received to 23/10/'36

26,944

Number of widows' pensions sanctioned for payment to 23/10/'36

14,198

(b) Number of claims for orphans' pensions received to 23/10/'36

890

Number of claims sanctioned for payment to 23/10/'36

349 covering 559 orphans.

(c) NON-CONTRIBUTORY PENSIONS are subject to a means test and the average weekly pension is as follows:—

s.

d.

Childless Widows

4

9

Widows with 1 dependent child

7

4

,, ,, 2 ,, children

8

10

,, ,, 3 ,, ,,

10

1

,, ,, 4 ,, ,,

11

1

,, ,, 5 ,, ,,

12

4

,, ,, 6 ,, ,,

13

6

,, ,, 7 or more ,,

14

9

CONTRIBUTORY PENSIONS:—

Ordinary:

Average weekly pension is as follows:—

s.

d.

Childless Widows

10

0

Widows with 1 dependent child

15

0

,, ,, 2 ,, children

18

0

with 3/- for each additional child.

Agricultural:

Average weekly pension is as follows:—

s.

d.

Childless Widows

8

0

Widows with 1 dependent child

12

0

,, ,, 2 ,, children

14

6

with 2/6 for each additional child.

Average weekly value per orphan of orphans' pensions

Non-contributory.

Contributory.

s.

d.

s.

d.

2

10

7

6

Ordinary.

6

0

Agricultural.