HC Deb 20 April 1948 vol 449 cc134-5W
Mr. Cooper

asked the Minister of Pensions what was the total number of allowances issued in respect of wives and children of post-disability marriages, respectively, on 31st March; and the annual cost of each.

Mr. Buchanan

I regret that I am unable to give up-to-date figures, and the information I have mainly relates to 1914 war pensioners where the effect of the removal of the post-disability marriage bar is readily ascertainable. The approximate numbers and annual cost at 31st December, 1947, in respect of 1914 war pensioners were as follows:

Number Annual Cost
Wives 164,000 £1,783,000
Children 118,000 961,000

As regards pensioners of the 1939 war, my records show only the numbers and annual cost at 31st December, 1947, of cases arising before February, 1946, in which there was a post-disability marriage. The particulars for this limited period are as follows:

Number Annual Cost
Wives 26,000 £289,000
Children 42,000 £346,000

With the introduction from February, 1946, of the provision enabling post-disability marriages within ten years after discharge to be recognised, and the abolition of this time limit as from January, 1947, it became unnecessary to continue to make a distinction as regards post-disability marriages.

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