HC Deb 23 July 1979 vol 971 c85W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether each widow of a polygamous marriage is entitled to a widow's pension in the event of a husbands decease.

Mr. Prentice

No. Where a man has more than one marriage continuing at the time of his death, the marriages are not valid marriages for the purposes of the Social Security Act and widow's benefit is therefore not payable to any of his widows.