§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is now prepared to give further consideration to the provision of pensions for widows of former serving officers who married after retirement from the services.
§ Mr. Pattie
In common with other public service pension schemes, the armed forces pension scheme provides pensions for widows who married their husbands after their retirement from the armed forces, but only where service was given on or after 6 April 1978. There are no plans to widen the entitlement.