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Widows' Pensions

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in cases where a man's war disability prevents him from following an insurable occupation, so that at his death, by some cause other than the result of his pensionable condition, his widow is neither entitled to a war pension or widow's pension, he will allow a war pension to be granted to his widow?

I have no power to grant a widow's pension where the husband's death was not connected with his war service. As regards the position under the Contributory Pensions Acts, I am informed that a man who was insured during his service and who, after his discharge has been continuously incapable of work by reason of disability, would, subject to his having given the prescribed notice of incapacity to his approved society, remain an insured person so that, normally, his widow would be entitled to a pension under the Contributory Pensions Acts.