HC Deb 09 March 1972 vol 832 c377W
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.