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Naval And Military Pensions And Grants

Volume 236: debated on Monday 10 March 1930

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Seven Years' Limit


asked the Minister of Pensions if he will state how many new pensions have been granted, and how many additional pension grants have been made, under the terms and conditions set out in the Circular No. 79 to the war pensions committees, issued 6th December, 1929, under the heading Applications for Pensions, in respect of disablement claimed more than seven years after discharge?

It is not possible to distinguish the number of cases which have been dealt with specifically under the modified arrangements referred to, but I may say that 117 awards have, during the last three months, been made in respect of applications submitted more than seven years after the man's discharge and, in addition, treatment has been provided in 14 cases.

Widows' Pensions


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.