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Widow's Bereavement Allowance

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Parliamentary Commission for Admissions' observations in Equality Under the Law, Command Paper HC122, paragraph 23, on the Inland Revenue's policy towards widowers who have sought the widow's bereavement allowance. [122380]

I refer the hon. Gentleman to paragraph 65 of the Court of Appeal judgment in The Queen on the application of Adrian John Wilkinson and The Commissioners of Inland Revenue [2003] EWCA Civ 814, 18 June 2003, which can be found on the Court Service website at: www.courtservice.gov.uk