§ 36. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how soon he expects to be in a position to improve the position of widows receiving a pension of 10s.
§ Mr. Peake
I certainly look forward to receiving the report of the National Insurance Advisory Committee. The structure of widows' benefits, which was designed in 1946, is a very big issue. The design is, I think, in some respects imperfect, and I shall very much welcome any constructive suggestions from hon. Members in any part of the House.
§ Mr. Thomson
Is the Minister aware that, during the Election, hon. Members on both sides received many protests in regard to the 10s. widow, in particular, and that these unfortunate pensioners are really the forgotten women of the Welfare State? Can he not tell us that he is going to consult the Committee and ask it to expedite its report?