Where the pension board appealed from the findings in the first instance and the appeals were lost, from their point of view I should like to have some information regarding five cases that have been under consideration. One of them was settled last year and of the other four, one of the pensioners, a Mr. Smith of Vancouver, has written to me. These four are still waiting on the acceptance of the findings of the commission in their cases. Can the minister give me some information regarding these cases?
These cases were decided as to entitlement and the matter is now receiving final consideration by the chairman of the pension commission. It came up the other day. Someone wrote to me and that was the information.
Has the minister before him the numbers in the two classes-that is, the class that are in receipt of allowance because they have arrived at the age of sixty, and the class that are in receipt of allowance because, although not yet sixty, they are so
disabled mentally or physically as to be unemployable. The answer the minister gives will have a bearing on this question, because a large proportion come under the class who, though below sixty, are receiving allowance on account of disability that makes them unemployable, and that class would not increase by the lowering of the age of entitlement.
In view of the fact that over two million dollars is provided for relief for unemployed pensioners, I wonder how many of those would come between fifty-five and sixty. It is true it would take two million dollars more if the age limit were reduced, but has the minister considered exactly what the actual cost would be provided those on relief were taken up and the limit lowered?