§ Mr. Oakes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many death benefit claims were made in 1969 and 1970, respectively; and how many were successful.
§ Mr. Dean
In 1969, 1,896 pensions and 733 allowances and gratuities in respect of 1,918 deaths were awarded under the industrial Injuries Act. The provisional figures for 1970 are 1,700 pensions and 650 other awards in respect of 1,750 deaths. I regret that figures of disallowed claims are not available.
§ Mr. Kinnock
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what entitlement to death grant exists for the next of kin of a widow who attained the age of 50 years before 5th July, 1948, and whose husband was over 55 years of age on 5th July, 1948.
§ Mr. Dean
On the death of a widow who was between the ages of 50 and 60 on 5th July, 1948, a death grant of £15 is payable, provided that the contribution conditions are fully satisfied. If the contribution conditions are partly satisfied a reduced grant may be payable. For the death of a widow who was over 60 years of age on 5th July, 1948, no death grant is payable.