12. Mr. Slater
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance what is his most recent estimate of the number of widows receiving the 10s. per week widow's pension; and what the cost would be to bring such pension up to the standard of the widow's pension prescribed for under the National Insurance Act.
§ Mr. Peake
About 170,000. The annual cost of increasing these pensions to the current rate of widow's pension under the National Insurance Act would be about £10 million.