§ 90. Sir J. Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the widow of a police officer who remarries and whose new husband predeceases her cannot regain her police widows' pension; and as this directly discourages remarriage, if he will remedy this and other anomalies.
§ Mr. Ede
The hon. Member is misinformed. The Police Pensions Act, 1921, provides for the resumption of a police widow's pension in such circumstances if the police authority are satisfied that the pension is necessary for her support, and I contemplate that similar provision should be included in the regulations to be made under the new Police Pensions Bill.
§ 91. Sir J. Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in fixing the rate of pension for widows of police officers, he will remember that in most cases these women have acted as unpaid telephone operators and assistants in other ways for years, and that county police work could only be carried on with difficulty if this unpaid labour were withheld.