HC Deb 21 March 1947 vol 435 cc122-3W
Mr. De la Bère

asked the Minister of Pensions how many wives and children, respectively, were included in the allowances made to supplement the pensions of disabled soldiers on 31st December, 1920, 31st December, 1938 and 31st December, 1946; and what was the annual cost, respectively, of the wives' and children's allowances on these dates.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The information available does not enable exact figures to be given. It is, however, estimated that the approximate numbers of wives and children, in respect of whom allowances were being paid in addition to pension, and the annual cost of these allowances, at the dates stated were as follow:

No. Wives Annual Cost.
31.12.1920 406,000 3,900,000
31.12.1938 125,000 1,364,000
31.12.1946 475,000 4,850,000
No. Children Annual Cost.
31.12.1920 864,000 5,140,000
31.12.1938 1,000 6,000
31.12.1946 410,000 3,000,000

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