HC Deb 15 March 1968 vol 760 cc387-8W
Mr. Loveys

asked the Minister of Social Security whether she will end the ruling which prevents a widow whose husband died within three years of marriage from getting a pension in cases where the widow had remarried her former husband, to whom, before their divorce, she had been married for several years.

Mr. Pentland

If the re-marriage took place within three years of the divorce becoming absolute the previous period of marriage can be taken into account in the determination of entitlement to widow's pension. It is unusual for a widow to be denied benefit because of the combination of circumstances described. If the hon. Member has a particular case in mind perhaps he will write to me.