War Widows Pensions - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:16 pm on 10th December 2020.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Brixton Lord Davies of Brixton Labour 12:16 pm, 10th December 2020

My Lords, what bearing does the Minister think the Armed Forces covenant has on this issue? The covenant, quite rightly, says:

“Families … play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces.”

So our moral obligation is not just to members of the Armed Forces; it is also to their families. Times and attitudes change. Rules from the past are no longer regarded as acceptable. We should not let concern about retrospection be a barrier to what we all now regard as the right thing to do.