Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Michael Ring

Question:

301 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when an oral hearing will be scheduled for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [15277/02]

The person's claim for an orphans non-contributory pension was disallowed by a deciding officer on the grounds that the child is not an orphan within the meaning of social welfare legislation.

The person's appeal against this decision to the social welfare appeals office was considered by an appeals officer who decided that an oral hearing should be held. The hearing will be held in the week commencing 15 July 2002. The person concerned will be advised of the date and venue for the hearing when the arrangements have been made.
Under social welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by deciding officers and appeals officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.