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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 24 Jun 1993

Vol. 432 No. 8

Written Answers. - Free Travel Scheme.

Noel Ahern


69 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Social Welfare the number of widows between the ages of 60 and 66 years of age who previously enjoyed free travel as a dependent of their husband; the estimated cost of extending the scheme to them; the cost of making one free long distance ticket per year available to them; if he will consider its extension; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

At 31 December 1992 there were approximately 16,700 widows aged 60 to 65 inclusive in receipt of a social welfare payment. Figures are not available as to how many of these widows' late husbands were in receipt of a free travel pass. To extend free travel to all widows in the 60 to 65 age group would cost £1.1 million annually. The cost of making a free long-distance return rail-ticket available to this group is estimated to be in the region of £0.4 million.

Any changes in the free travel scheme would have to be considered in a budgetary context.