HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 c906W
Major Peto

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he will consider giving special financial concessions, such as the abolition of the means test, in considering applications of widows who have lost sons in this war, and who are in receipt of pensions for husbands lost in the 1914/18 war.

Sir W. Womersley

The Select Committee of 1921 took the view that to justify the grant of a parent's pension the test of need broadly interpreted should be satisfied. This principle was incorporated in the 1940 Warrant, the provisions of which were fully considered by my statutory advisory committee. I should not be justified in differentiating between persons for whom the State is already making substantial provision and those who derive equal incomes from other sources.