HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc747-8W
Mrs. Tate

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why it is that since policemen have to belong to the Police Pensions Fund, for which weekly deduction is made from their pay, no woman whom they marry after retirement is allowed to draw a pension under that Fund, or under the National Health and Pensions Scheme.

Mr. H. Morrison

The Police Pensions Act, 1921, which provides that superannuation deductions shall be taken from the pay of every member of a police force, also includes the specific provision that the widow of a pensioner shall not receive any pension or gratuity under the provisions of the Act unless the marriage took place before he retired on pension. Any question as to the position of police pensioners in relation to the National Health Insurance and Contributory Pensions Acts is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health.