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Pensions

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Service men who retired prior to 1950 are in receipt of pensions which carry no provision for widows' pensions.

The best estimate of the present number of Service pensioners who retired in a rank below that of warrant officer class I or the equivalent before 1st September 1950, and whose pensions therefore carry no contingent entitlement to a widow's pension, is of the order of 33,300. It must be emphasised that no records are available of which of these are unmarried or are widowers or have married since the date of their discharge.