HC Deb 05 August 1943 vol 391 cc2437-8
26. Mr. Leslie

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will arrange for the cases of men invalided out of the Services without pension who have died recently to be considered by the new tribunals in view of the impecunious circumstances in which their widows and families are placed?

The Minister of Pensions (Sir Walter Womersley)

My Department will be unaware of the death of an ex-member of the Forces who is not in receipt of disablement pension unless an application for pension is received from his widow or dependant. If such an application is rejected on the ground that death was not attributable to or hastened by war service the applicant will have a right of appeal to the pensions appeal tribunal. Pending settlement of her claim by my Department a widow would be well advised, if her husband was an insured person, to apply for a pension under the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Acts.

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