Orders of the Day — Service Widows (Pensions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 12:00 am, 3rd May 1976

I join in the congratulations to the Under-Secretary on his promotion and thank him for allowing me to say a few words in this debate. I also congratulate my hon. Friend on the way in which he has moved his Adjournment debate. It was right to stress the case of the pre–1950 widows.

In view of the current economic stringency the Officers' Pensions Society has, as a compromise suggestion, put forward the idea that the entitlement date for the widows of non-commissioned Service men should be back-dated from September 1950 to 8th May 1945. That would bring Service widows into line with Civil Service widows and would go a considerable way towards removing some of the present hardships. I give strong support to that suggestion.