§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Minister of State for Defence what is the weekly rate of Service pension applicable to the widow with one child of a Royal Navy commander killed in the course of duty; and by what criteria is this determined.
§ Mr. Kirk
A Service pension is based on rank and length of service and the pension payable to an entitled widow with one child of a commander in the Royal Navy would range from about £10.44 a week to about £17.43 depending on length of service. If the commander was killed on duty, however, a war widow's pension would also be payable by the Department of Health and Social Security and the combined total payable to the widow with one child would range from about £21.75 to £28.74 per week.