HC Deb 01 June 1949 vol 465 c2114
47. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Defence, if, in his review of the question of pensions for officers' widows, he will consider revoking or substantially amending the rule under which a widow 25 years younger than her late husband is debarred from receiving a pension.

Mr. Alexander

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave on Wednesday last to my hon. Friend the Member for the Forest of Dean (Mr. Philips Price).

Brigadier Medlicott

Is it not a fact that this rule was originally made because the authorities got tired of maintaining a very young widow of a very old soldier for a very long time, and that this results in hard cases as well as interfering with the free choice of a wife?

Mr. Alexander

I must refer the hon. and gallant Member to my answer last week and I must adhere to it. We must settle the basis of the new scheme and then I promise to give attention to the points made by hon. Members of the House.