§ Captain BEAMISH
asked the Minister of Pensions whether it is the practice of the Ministry, in the event of the widow of an officer or man being granted a pension by reason of the death of her husband as a consequence of his War service, to pay such pension from the day after the death of the husband; and, if not, whether he will take steps to secure that pension so granted shall be payable from that date in future?
It is the general rule of the Department to award pension from the date of application. An exception is, however, made in favour of widows and dependants, and in these cases, if application is made within two months of the death, the award takes effect from the date of death. If the hon. and gallant Member has any particular case in mind in which the general rule appears to have worked harshly in exceptional circumstances, my right hon. Friend will be happy to give it his personal consideration.