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Parents' Pensions

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 12 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Pensions how many pensions are paid to parents of sons and daughters killed during the last war; what is the average amount paid; and what is the highest pension paid.

Approximately 48,000 pensions are being paid to parents in respect of deaths from the 1939–45 war. The average pension is £40 a year, and the highest pension paid is £120 a year.

Can my right hon. Friend say how these compare with similar pensions paid after the 1914–18 war?

Would my right hon. Friend say whether he has sent to parents a letter similar to that sent to ex-Service men so that they may know the benefits for which they can apply from time to time? If not, will he do so?

No, Sir. I have not sent out any such letter. These pensions are payable in cases of need. It would be impossible for me to circularise all parents all over the country, most of whom, fortunately, are not in need.