§ 74. Mr. Scholefield Allen
asked the Minister of Pensions how many pensioners married more than 10 years after the granting of the original pension; and how much more it would cost to give a wife's allowance to all married pensioners irrespective of the date of the marriage.
§ 76. Flight-Lieutenant Beswick
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will give an estimate of the additional annual cost involved if the regulation is removed which restricts payment of a wife's allowance only to those pensioners who marry within 10 years of their war service.
§ Mr. Wilfred Paling
I do not know the actual number of pensioners who have married or may marry more than 10 years after the end of their war service. So far, however, as can be judged the annual cost of removing the 10 years restriction would be of the order of £500,000 immediately and perhaps £750,000 in 10 to 15 years' time.