HC Deb 01 December 1943 vol 395 c382W
Major Petherick

asked the Minister of Health why, having regard to the fact that paragraph 4 of the Contributory Pensions Dependants War Pensions Regulations, 1943 (S.R. and O. No. 1424, of 1943), is phrased in language not likely to be understood by those affected, no explanatory memorandum was attached to the Order?

Miss Horsbrugh

The regulations to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers exclude from the provisions against double pensions in Section 14 of the National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1939, such dependants war pensions as are "needs" pensions; these regulations replace earlier regulations substantially to the same effect, which have been in operation ever since the Contributory Pensions Scheme came into force in 1926, and paragraph 4 reproduces with minor drafting alterations a paragraph which appeared in all the earlier regulations. In the circumstances it was not considered necessary to issue an explanatory memorandum with the new regulations.