§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the net benefit derived by widows of men who died from industrial injuries, over and above normal pension levels, for each of the past 25 years; and if he is satisfied with the provisions currently applicable.
§ Mr. Orme
The amounts by which industrial death benefit for widows have exceeded the standard national insurance widows' pension are as folows:
£ 1951 0.20 1952–54 0.225 1955–57 0.25 1958–60 0.30 1961–62 0.325 1963–64 0.375 1965–66 0.50 1967–76 0.55
It would not be appropriate at the present time to make any change in the pattern of industrial death benefit in relation to the national insurance widow's pension. As the hon. Member is aware, the Royal Commission on Civil Liability and Compensation for Personal Injury under the chairmanship of Lord Pearson is considering the question of compensation for accidents generally.