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Widows' Pensions

Volume 390: debated on Thursday 3 June 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increasing number of widows who have been deprived of pensions under the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, 1936, owing to the failure of their husbands to make the necessary 104 contributions under Section 5 (1) of the Act, for various reasons, and the hardship caused thereby, he will consider the advisability of steps being taken to modify the number of contributions to be made under that Section of the Act?

The point raised by my hon. Friend will be considered in connection with the Government's examination of the proposals contained in Sir William Beveridge's Report.