HC Deb 28 April 1958 vol 587 c7W
43. Mr. Logan

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he is aware that documents relating to the military service of the late Mr. Cross, killed in action on 11th October, 1914, have been mislaid by his Department; that this man was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal, but owing to the mislaying of his papers his widow is not getting the over 70 years of age pension; and if he will see that this widow gets the full pension now owing.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am afraid the hon. Member has misunderstood the position. Mrs. Cross is in receipt of a full war widow's pension. Her application for, in addition to this, a 10s. pension based on the old Contributory Pensions Acts was turned down in 1951 not because of the mislaying of any relevant papers but because the late Mr. Cross did not satisfy the conditions for such a pension. I am writing to the hon. Member with a full explanation of the case.