§ Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Health if he will inquire into the circumstances attending the payment of pension to Mrs. E. Peitz, of 91, Gurney Road, Stratford, E., who attained the age of 70 on 19th February, but only received payment from 4th July?
§ Mr. GREENWOOD
As the late Mr. Peitz died before 4th January, 1926, and there were no children under the age of 14 living on that date, Mrs. Peitz was not entitled to a widow's pension under the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925. An application for an old age pension under the Old Age Pensions Acts, 1908–1924, as from 19th February, 1927, the date of Mrs. Peitz's 70th birthday, was rejected because she was not a British subject. Moreover, as Mrs. Peitz was not herself an insured person, she could not be granted an old age pension in right of insurance (free of conditions as to means, nationality, etc.) by virtue of Section 20 of the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925. In accordance with the provisions of Section 2 (2) of the Contributory Pensions Act, 1929, Mrs. Peitz became entitled to an old age pension in right of her husband's insurance as from 1st July, 1930, and payment of this pension has been made as from 4th July, 1930, the first pay day following the date of entitlement.