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Widows' Pensions

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Pensions how many cases have been brought to his notice in which widows of ex-soldiers have been debarred from a pension under Article 11 of the Royal Warrant by reason of their husbands having died more than seven years after the date of the infliction of the wounds or injuries or of the contraction of the disease to which death is attributable; and whether, seeing that such article excludes the widows of these soldiers who have died as the result of wounds or injuries inflicted or disease contracted during the first nine months of the War, he will consider the matter with a view to an amelioration of the conditions laid down in the Article?

I am giving personal consideration to this matter and I am having full inquiry made into the general question involved; but, as at present advised, I do not see my way to recommend the removal from Article 11 of the Royal Warrant of the time limit, which was a long standing provision of the Pension Warrants before the late War. So far ten cases have been brought to my notice in which the widow's claim to pension under Article 11 is barred by the operation of the time limit, and these are being considered individually on their merits.