§ Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Health if he will inquire into the circumstances attending the refusal of an old age pension under the contributory scheme to Mrs. E. C. Mayo, 79, Wix Road, Stratford, E.15, and state the grounds upon which the refusal is based?
Sir H. YOUNG
I find that the claim made by Mrs. Mayo was not for an old age pension but for a widow's pension under the Contributory Pensions Act, 1929. The application failed because it was not shown that at some time during the last three years of his life the normal occupation of her husband, who died in March, 1919, was employment in respect of which contributions would have been payable under the Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, if it had been in force at that time. Mrs. Mayo has been notified that, if she is dissatisfied with the decision, it is open to her to appeal to the referees appointed under the Act.