§ 17. Mr. Kirk
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many war widows known to his Department are not receiving the full amount of 19 the war widows' pension owing to their having been separated from their husbands at the time of their husbands' deaths; and what would be the cost to the Exchequer in a full year if they were awarded the full pension.
§ Mr. Peake
About 970 war widows who were separated from their husbands are receiving pensions at less than the full rates. These pensions are equivalent to the amount of support which the widow received before her husband's death. To bring these pensions up to the normal rates would cost about £85,000 a year.