§ 2. Mr. DUNNICO
asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been drawn to the large number of widows who have been refused pension under Article 17A though the husbands at death were in receipt of pensions with assessments varying from 70 to 100 per cent.; and on what date instructions were issued to awarding officers that in no circumstances should a widow be admitted to pension under Article 17A if the disability of the husband had only been accepted as aggravated by war service?
§ Major TRYON
I do not know on what information the statement made by the hon. Member in the first part of his question is based, but it is not in accordance with the experience of my Department. No' instruction has at any time been issued to the effect suggested in the second part of the question. On the contrary, many awards have been and are being made in cases where the husband's disablement was accepted as only aggravated by though not attributable to war service.