HC Deb 28 July 1938 vol 338 cc3319-21W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what were the quantities and values of the wool imported into the United Kingdom from China for the years 1913, 1917, 1927, and 1937, respectively?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

The following table shows the quantity and declared value of the imports of the undermentioned descriptions of raw wool into the United Kingdom during each of the years specified, consigned from China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and leased territories).

police officers and others whose pensions and retired pay die with them, and their wives separately, are held to be ineligible for membership of the contributory widows and orphans pensions scheme, he will cause this matter to be reviewed and steps taken to prevent the widows and dependants of such persons being left destitute?

Mr. Elliot

I think my hon. Friend is under a misapprehension in this matter. Persons whose pensions and retired pay die with them are ordinarily required to be insured for widows' and orphans' pensions under the Contributory Pensions Act, 1936, so long as their remuneration does not exceed £250 a year, and they can maintain their insurance on a voluntary basis when their remuneration rises above that amount. Persons in this class who had failed to become voluntary contributors were given a further opportunity under the new voluntary pensions scheme to make provision for their widows if they satisfied the income and age conditions laid down by the Act. Policemen are excluded from the Contributory Pensions Acts because ordinarily pensions are provided for themselves and their widows under the Police Pensions Act. In the exceptional case where marriage took place after the officer's retirement from the police service, a widow's pension is not payable on his death under the Police Pensions Act. It was not found possible to provide for this exceptional case in the new voluntary scheme.