HC Deb 01 November 1954 vol 532 cc19-20
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.