HC Deb 14 December 1926 vol 200 cc2765-6
52. Mr. VIANT

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to a decision by his Department that a woman married in 1909, and whose husband died on 6th January, 1926, leaving her with two children. is not eligible to receive a widow's pension and children's allowances under the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, as her late husband's first wife was her mother's sister; and whether he will make regulations under Section 36 of the Act to enable this widow and others in similar circumstances to receive the pension on the death of the husband when he is an insured person?


The decision referred to in the first part of the question was upheld on appeal under the Act. Legislation and not regulations under Section 36 would be required to give effect to the proposal in the second part of the question, and my right hon. Friend is not prepared to introduce such legislation.

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