Oral Answers to Questions — Widows' Pensions

– in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Charles Ammon Mr Charles Ammon , Camberwell North

asked the Minister of Health whether a woman who, for 30 or more years, has lived as his wife with a man who had duly contributed to the Government insurance funds, is eligible after his death for a widow's pension, although in fact the couple had not been through the ceremony of marriage?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

No, Sir. Under the Contributory Pensions Acts, a widow's pension in respect of the death of an insured man cannot be granted to any woman other than the woman who was his legal wife at the date of his death.