HC Deb 03 February 1948 vol 446 cc1625-6
29. Mr. Odey

asked the Minister of Pensions whether, in view of the fact that, since July, 1945, the pension of war widows with children has only increased by 2s. 6d. a week, he will now consider a revision in the light of the advance in the cost of living since that date.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Buchanan)

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to his question on 20th January, to which I would add that there has been no change in circumstances justifying a special review of the rates of widows' pensions in advance of any general review of the war pensions provisions.

Mr. Odey

Will the Minister direct his attention rather to the present than to the past?

Mr. Buchanan

I am always at the present, as my decisions show.

Miss Bacon

Is it not correct that since 1945 family allowances have been introduced and that war widows, unlike other widows, receive the two allowances for their children?

Mr. Buchanan

That is perfectly true.

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