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Volume 886: debated on Tuesday 11 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will reconsider the position in regard to Service pensions so as to provide for the payment in suitable cases of a widow's pension to women married to Service pensioners after their retirement from the Service.

The general rule in the public service is that widows' pensions are paid only where marriage occurred before the pensioner's retirement. The position may, however, be reviewed in the light of further developments in social security legislation.