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ç v- .G:- I Old Age Pensions. At a meeting of the select committee, on the Aged Deserving Poor, held in London, on Monday, Miss Tuckwell, the hon. secretary of the Women's Trade Union League, claimed to represent working women generally. She said that the wages earned byiworking women of the lowest class, were about 6s. or 7s. a week, and it was only those who were most skilled among industrial women, who could earn 15s. Her view was that taking the average wages of women at present, it was impossible to make the membership of a friendly society the test for an old age pension. She was of opinion that 15s. a week was the lowest sum at which a woman could be expected to save money, and that a woman's first duty was to make a contribution to her trade union. The Chairman pointed out that according to the returns, the number of adult males receiving poor relief, on July 1st, 1898, was 176,733, and that on the same date the number of females in receipt of relief was 32.5,234. The hon. secretary stated that there was no objection to women receiving old age pensions, but they could not, for the most part, contribute towards them. The number of women who at present were members of friendly societies, was between twelve and thirteen thousand. Those who belonged to trade unions numbered some 120,000, and these represented probably the num- ber of women who were able to put aside anything out of their wages. The Committee again adjourned.

I ABERGA VENNY.

I CAERLEON.

I NEWPORT,

MONMOUTH.

PONTYPOOL. I

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