§ Q31. Mr. Cartwright
asked the Prime Minister what representations she has received about the need for an inquiry into the treatment of widows for tax and social security purposes; and what reply she has sent.
§ The Prime Minister
I have received various representations from associations representing widows about aspects of the treatment of widows for tax and social282W security purposes. As regards the need for an inquiry, I have received a resolution from the National Association of Widows which sought a commission of inquiry into the whole system of pensions, benefits and taxation as they affect widows of all ages.
The reply to the National Association of Widows referred to a meeting in July between the association and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services at which there was a full exchange of views on the matters which were concerning them. It also expressed the hope that the explanations given at that meeting and in a subsequent note demonstrated the Government's awareness of the special needs of widows.