§ Mr. Groves
asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will inquire into the circumstances attending the refusal of pension to Mrs. D. E. Ling, case C.4/ WN/13. now at Colchester, previously at Stratford, whose husband was killed by enemy air action?
§ Sir W. Womersley
The Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme does not provide pensions for the dependants of persons not gainfully occupied who are killed by enemy action, because in such cases the normal income of the household is not, as a rule, affected by the death. At the time of Mr. Ling's death he and his wife were each in receipt of an old age pension of 10s. a week with a joint supplement of 12s. 6d. a week. Although his personal old age pension ceased Mrs. Ling remained entitled to supplementation of her own pension in accordance with her circumstances, and I understand that she is receiving from the Assistance Board the appropriate amount for an individual pensioner resident in a household.