§ 2. Mr. Hale
asked the Minister of National Insurance upon what basis and under what statute a widow's pension, payable in respect of the loss of her husband during the 1914–18 war, becomes merged in a right to a contributory widow's or retirement pension under the National Insurance Act.
§ Mr. Hale
I am not quite sure what that answer means—I say that quite seriously. Is the Minister aware that what I have in mind is precisely what the Question on the Order Paper says—the case of a widow drawing pension in respect of the loss of her husband in the 1914–18 war—a war widow's pension—who has had her unemployment pay reduced because she is drawing that pension? Is it not abundantly clear that nothing could be more inequitable than to say, "You have qualified for a pension awarded in respect of the 1914–18 war but because of an Act passed in 1946 you are to have your benefits reduced because of something that happened 30 years ago"?
§ Mr. Peake
This Question deals with the super-imposition of a widow's or retirement pension under the Insurance Acts over and above a widow's pension accruing in respect of someone who was killed in the 1914–18 war. The position is complicated. Up to 1939 no duplication was allowed. Since 1939 pensions at reduced rates became payable under the National Insurance Acts in addition to the Service penson, and after 1953 any widow attaining pensionable age will be entitled to duplication of pension in full.