HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 cc931-2W
Mr. Viant

asked the Minister of Health whether his Department has obtained a decision on the question whether a woman now in receipt of a widows' pension and having reached the age of 65 years forfeits her right to a contributory old age pension should she marry a man junior in age?

Mr. Bernays

The position in this matter is not in doubt. A widow who is in receipt of a widows' pension ceases on remarriage to have any title to pension in right of the insurance of her former husband. She has no title to pension on the insurance of her second husband until his death or until he attains the age of 65, whichever first happens. If however she was over 65 at the date of her remarriage and, having been insured, was qualified for an old age pension on her own insurance, that pension would become payable on her remarriage.