Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tipperary Old Age Pensions.

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asked the Minister for Social Welfare the number of persons in receipt of (a) contributory old age pensions and (b) non-contributory old age pensions in North Tipperary in March 1961, June 1961, September 1961, December 1961 and March 1962.

The information asked for by the Deputy is not available in respect of North Tipperary as statistics of contributory and non-contributory old age pensions are complied by my Department for the combined area of North and South Tipperary. In the case of contributory pensions, which commenced to be payable in January, 1961, quarterly figures are available only from 30th September, 1961. Figures of non-contributory pensions are collected annually at the end of each calendar year.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to furnish the available information in the form of a tabular statement to be circulated with the official report.

Following is the statement:

NUMBERS of persons in receipt of old age pensions in County Tipperary.

Date

Contributory

Non-Contributory

31st December, 1960

Nil

7,141

30th September, 1961

1,807

Net available

31st December, 1961

1,813

4,962

31st March, 1962

1,806

Not available