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Army Widows' Pensions

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations she has received concerning the disparity between the pension awarded to widows of Service men killed in the war and widows of Service men killed in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Since November 1974 representations have been received from four bodies representing ex-Service men. Pensions for widows of Service men killed in Northern Ireland after 31st March 1973 are awarded under the provisions of the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Pension Scheme, an occupational scheme for regular Service men and their dependants. I have nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member on 8th November, 1974.—[Vol. 880, c. 278–9.]