HC Deb 16 January 1978 vol 942 cc99-100W
Mr. Cormack

asked the Secretary of State for Social Service why the covers of war widows' pension books have been altered and the word "war" deleted.

Mr. Orme

A standard cover headed "Pension or Allowance Order Book" is being introduced for all types of order book payments made by the Department, and has been used for war pensions since September 1977. The words "war widows' pension" do, however, appear on an inside leaf immediately behind the cover, so that those who wish it to be known that this is the type of pension they are drawing can do so. The reason for introducing the standard cover is so that order books for any single benefit can be printed at any one of the Department's computer units, should the particular unit on which they are normally produced be out of action.