WOMERSLEY asked the Minister of Health the number of claims for widows' pensions under the 1929 Act which have been rejected up to the latest available date?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
The total number of claims for widows' pensions under the 1929 Act rejected up to 30th October was 24,772.
§ Mr. TINKER
How many of these applicants under the 1929 Act had already been rejected under the 1925 Act?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
Is there anything which prevents the right hon. Gentleman from giving these pensions retrospectively?
§ Mr. WOMERSLEY
Has the right hon. Gentleman in mind the introduction of legislation to deal with this large number of widows in need who have been refused pensions?
§ Mr. ERNEST BROWN
Did not the right hon. Gentleman state that no calculation had been made by the Ministry as to the number of widows in need and that no such calculation was possible without an inquiry into the means of the widows of the country? How then can the right hon. Gentleman give that answer?
§ 70. Mr. THOMAS LEWIS
asked the Minister of Health if he will take the necessary steps to provide that, where a widow is receiving a widow's pension and an allowance in respect of a child who is permanently incapacitated by reason of some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement, the allowance shall be continued on the same basis as if the child were attending full-time instruction at a day school?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
I would point out to my hon. Friend that provision of the kind referred to would require legislation, and I am not at present in a position to undertake to introduce legislation for this purpose.