Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Deserted Wives' Benefit.

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asked the Minister for Social Welfare the estimated number of deserted wives currently receiving deserted wives' benefit and deserted wives' allowance.

The estimated number of deserted wives currently receiving benefit/allowance is as follows:—

(i) deserted wives benefit — 2,795.

(ii) deserted wives allowance — 2,840.