Service Widows (Pensions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th April 1951.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough 12:00 am, 25th April 1951

asked the Minister of Defence in view of the rise in prices since the last adjustment of the pension of service widows by the Pensions (Increase) Act, 1947, when he proposes to take further action to help these people.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the hon. and gallant Member for Chelsea (Commander Noble).

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

Since many people have their incomes increased according to the cost-of-living index, does he not feel that it is unjust that nothing has been done for these people? Will he look at the question again more sympathetically?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I have just looked at the reply given yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It seemed to me a very full reply and I cannot go beyond that at this stage.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

Did not the right hon. Gentleman indicate to the House the other day that he will shortly be making a statement to us on the question of Service pensions? Could not the question of widows' pensions be included therein?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I am sorry, but it cannot; it has to be considered in quite a different context.