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Palestine Police Force (Widows)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he proposes to take to deal with the cases of widows of men who served in the Palestine Police Force whose pension terminated with their death and whose widows have been declared ineligible for pensions under the National Insurance Act due to the fact that they have not been able to claim the necessary period of residence in this country.

The Palestine Government established a contributory widows' and orphans' fund, but its legislation made no other provision for pensions for widows of members of the Police Force unless the officer died as a result of injuries received in the execution of his duty, and my right hon. Friend regrets that he does not feel able to undertake a liability which was not assumed by that Government. The widows' and orphans' fund was wound up on termination of the Mandate and contributors received a refund of their own contributions plus those made by Government plus compound interest.