§ Mr. John Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now remove the bar against payment of war widows' pensions to those widows where marriage took place after the termination of the husband's First World War service and whose husbands subsequently died before 3rd September 1939.
§ Mr. Dean
I am glad to be able to tell my hon. Friend that it has been decided to amend the Royal Warrant and the corresponding Service Instruments to remove this anomaly. War widows' pensions will become payable to such widows, with effect from 1st October this year, on the same basis as to those whose husbands died on or after 3rd September 1939. We shall be getting in touch with the ex-service organisations to enlist their help in seeking out possible claimants.