HC Deb 18 November 1937 vol 329 c576
62. Captain Macnamara

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Mr. Copeland, of Warley, Essex, is unable to draw his wife's pension as the latter is in a mental home, in spite of the fact that Mr. Copeland pays for his wife's maintenance in that home; and whether he will take steps to amend the law so as to allow a pension to be drawn in cases such as these?

Sir K. Wood

I am aware of the facts of this case with regard to which I have been in correspondence with my hon. and gallant Friend. I would point out that if the pension in this case had been a contributory one, that is, a pension resulting from the payment of contributions, the pensioner would not have been disqualified. The disqualification operates only in the case of non-contributory pensions, and I could not undertake to introduce legislation on this subject.