§ 1. Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether she is aware that a widow, married in 1950, can be required to pay full insurance contributions whilst not being entitled now or hereafter to pension; and what action she proposes to take in this matter.
§ Miss Herbison
A widow who is not entitled to widow's benefit is liable to pay national insurance contributions in the same way as other people; normally the contributions she pays will, with those paid by her husband, give her title to a retirement pension in due course. There are, however, provisions for refund at pensionable age in the very infrequent case of a person who enters insurance too late to pay enough contributions to qualify for a pension.