asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a scheme to extend the provisions for the payment of a policeman's pension to his widow for three months following his death to all those whose service ceased before 1st April 1972 and whose wives are still living.
§ Dr. Summerskill
No. We do not think it would be possible to single out for retrospective application a provision which was one of a number of improvements made in public service pension schemes in 1972. The cost of the retrospective application of the improvements as a whole would be considerable and, as is usual, they applied only to officers serving at the time.