HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 c487W
Ms. Janet Anderson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a widow's payment available to women widowed prior to 11 April 1988.

Miss Widdecombe

We have no plans to do so. The widow's payment of £1,000 replaced the widow's allowance from 11 April 1988. To pay widow's payment to those widows who received widow's allowance prior to April 1988 would be double provision.