§ Mr. Rooney
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many and what percentage of applications for widows' benefits are refused on the grounds of an insufficient contribution record. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information is not available. However, it is estimated that 40,000 widows aged under 60 do not receive any Widows' Benefits, 15 per cent. of the total.
Source:Family Resources Survey 1995–96.
Note:Figures are rounded to the nearest 10,000 and 1 per cent.