HC Deb 22 May 1928 vol 217 cc1704-5W

asked the Minister of Pensions whether there is any impediment in the way of his amending the Royal Warrant to provide for the payment of pensions in the case of widows whose husbands have died from disabilities attributable to war service, but who-se marriage did not take place until after their husband's discharge from the Army; and, if not, whether he will consider the advisability of so amending the Royal Warrant as to include them and the children bf the marriage within the category of pensionable persons?

Lieut.-Colonel STANLEY

Under the Royal Pension Warrants, as approved by successive Parliaments, the liability of the State has always been expressly limited to family responsibilities incurred by a man before the termination of his employment on active service. I am not prepared to recommend an extension of the Warrants involving so serious a breach of this long-established principle as is suggested by the hon. Member.

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