Widows

Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 13th May 1963

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many widows within the jurisdiction of his Accrington office are now being paid pensions of 10s. per week.

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

I regret that the information asked for is not available for particular localities.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

That is a pity, but is the Minister aware that there is quite a number of these distressing cases in my division, as in others, and will not he in the near future at least bring this 10s. up to the same purchasing power as it had when it was first awarded?

Photo of Mr Niall Macpherson Mr Niall Macpherson , Dumfriesshire

I am not aware that there are distressing cases of this kind. Most of these ladies are in employment and where they are not in employment they would be able to get National Assistance to help them meet their requirements. If the hon. Gentleman is aware of any cases which are distressing I shall be grateful if he will bring them to my attention.