HC Deb 07 May 1931 vol 252 cc554-5
49. Mr. TINKER

asked the Minister of Health if he will make known what is the position of the 5,000 widows whose cases have been held up owing to some dispute in the existing Act; and will he say if they will be required to send in fresh applications when the amended Act which passed its Third Reading on 30th April is placed on the Statute Book?


Action on these pension claims is being suspended until the difficulty is removed by legislation. The reply to the second part of the question is in the negative.


Will the right hon. Gentleman send some intimation to these people that the claims are likely to be recognised, so as to relieve their anxiety?


I think every Member of the House who has raised that point with me has had a reply to that effect, and if I can do anything further I will be very glad to do so.


Will the right hon. Gentleman tell these widows that the Labour party said that all widows in need were to be given a pension?

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