HC Deb 15 December 1997 vol 303 c74W
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. [20810]

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.

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