HC Deb 04 March 1963 vol 673 c16
33. Mr. B. Harrison

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many widows' pension entitlements have been cancelled for periods of over four weeks over any convenient recent twelve-month period because the widow was co-habiting with a man as his wife.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance (Mrs. Margaret Thatcher)

National Insurance widow's benefit was withdrawn for four weeks or more on account of cohabitation from about 250 widows in 1959, industrial injuries death benefit from 14 widows in 1961, and war widow's pension from 31 widows in 1962.

Mr. Harrison

Does my hon. Friend really think it necessary, even with those figures, to have this printed so large on the back of the widows' pension books that these poor unfortunate people see it every time that they look at their pension book, whether they are genuine widows or are in the limited number cohabiting with a man as his wife to use the wording on the back of the book?

Mrs. Thatcher

I will look at my hon. Friend's suggestion. I had not realised that his Question was aimed at the printing on the back of the book.