HC Deb 26 November 1937 vol 329 cc1573-4W
Mr. Smedley Crooke

asked the Minister of Health the number of widows who have been granted pensions under the Widows', Orphans', and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act whose pensions have since ceased and will not be reissued until the widows have attained the age of 55?

Sir K. Wood

Exact figures are not available, but it is estimated that the number of widows in this class in Great Britain who, having ceased to be entitled to pensions on the youngest child attaining the specified age, will again become entitled if and when they attain the age of 55, provided they have not remarried is in the neighbourhood of 40,000.