HC Deb 08 July 1919 vol 117 c1625W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that John Woods, of Raphoe, county Donegal, and his wife were in receipt of the pension until April, 1918; that about that time, on the death of his wife, an appeal was brought against the continuance of the pension to John Woods; and will he explain how the death of Woods' wife benefited Woods to such an extent as to deprive him of the pension or on what grounds was the appeal decided against him?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. So long as Woods had to maintain his wife as well as himself he was entitled to halve his means for pension purposes, and it was due to this fact alone that he had been enabled to obtain the pension. When the wife died he ceased to be entitled to this statutory privilege, and the pension was revoked.