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

– in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Wilfrid Roberts Mr Wilfrid Roberts , Cumberland Northern

asked the Minister of Pensions whether a widowed mother, previously dependent upon her only son, is entitled to the same pension rights as a wife in the event of the death in action of her son?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

The award of pension to a mother is conditional upon need, and the rate varies with the amount of the support given by the deceased son or the amount which he might reasonably have been expected to give had he survived. The widowed mother wholly dependent on her deceased son would invariably receive a pension.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Roberts Mr Wilfrid Roberts , Cumberland Northern

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that in the case of a widowed mother who was dependent on her son before the war it is time to end completely the means test and put that mother in the same position as a wife?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

If a mother applies for a pension, we naturally have to inquire as to her means to give an appropriate pension.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Is the Minister aware of the anger that is felt at the different treatment in this war from the last war in a matter of this kind?