Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces (Pensions and Grants).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

As the hon. Member is aware, a wife or dependant who is in receipt of a war service grant at the date of the member's death continues to receive the grant for any period during which the Service Department pays allotment and allowances, normally 13 weeks. As I have previously stated in this House pensions in respect of death necessarily have regard to considerations other than those which apply to supplementary allowances paid during a man's temporary absence on war service to meet commitments which, by reason of that service, he is unable to meet. Moreover, the rates of pension are not related to the personal circumstances of the dead member and I am not prepared to recommend a change in this respect.