§ 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.