§ 49. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that there are widows of men who lost their lives in the Naval Service before the War, and who are only in receipt of very small pensions, in many cases not more than 9s. a week; and whether, in view of the higher pensions now being granted to widows whose husbands have lost their lives in the War and the great increase in the cost of living, he can see his way to place both classes of widows on the same scale?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
The pensions of the widows of the men who lost their lives in the performance of military or naval duties in former wars have been raised to the level of widows' pensions for private's rank in the present War.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that my question does not refer to men who have lost their lives in this War, but to men who lost their lives before the War—not necessarily in war time?
I thought it referred to loss of life during war. If my hon. Friend means the loss of life in peace time, I am afraid I cannot promise any action in the matter.