HC Deb 17 December 1973 vol 866 c271W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will reconsider the position of husbands of female doctors who are denied pension rights granted to wives of male doctors.

Sir K. Joseph

No. If pensions were to be provided automatically under the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme for the widowers of female contributors, contributions would have to be put up or other benefits reduced, or both. I do not think this would find favour with contributors generally.