§ 22. Sir Smedley Crooke
asked the Minister of Health whether the concessions granted to men insured under the National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions Acts, whereby arrears of contributions outstanding at date of enlistment in His Majesty's Forces are cancelled, can be extended to men uninsured at date of enlistment by making the minimum period of insurance and number of contributions retrospective, which will ensure some pro vision in cases where death or disablement cannot be proved directly due to war ser vice and no award of war pension can be issued?
§ Mr. E. Brown
The condition that for the award of a widow's pension under the Contributory Pensions Acts a minimum of 104 contributions shall have actually been paid is a statutory one, and I regret that I have no power to waive it.