HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 cc207-9W
15. Mr. W. J. Brown

asked the Minister of National Insurance what the position will be when pensionable age is attained of a prospective widow pensioner under the Fourth Schedule to the

Blackpool employment exchange at 12th January, 1948 and 10th January, 1949. Between the two dates there were some changes in the classification of employments and the figures for industries with the same title are not strictly comparable. Moreover, the figures for January, 1949, cover all persons registered as unemployed, while those for January, 1948, relate only to persons insured against unemployment.

Widows' Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act of 1936 who, on 5th July, 1948, was a new entrant into insurance and over 50 but under 55 years of age, under Article 4 (1) (a) of the National Insurance (New Entrants Transitional) Provisional Regulations, 1948, and under article 5 (1) of the regulations, respectively.

Mr. Steele

The normal qualifying period of 10 years insurance is not required in such a case and she will therefore be able, subject to retirement, to qualify for pension from age 60.