HC Deb 10 April 1975 vol 889 c445W

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.