HC Deb 10 July 2001 vol 371 cc502-3W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much it would cost to allow widowers whose spouses have died in the past six years to claim widow's bereavement allowance. [3181]

Dawn Primarolo

The Inland Revenue does not generally hold information on whether men are widowed and therefore any costing is very approximate. It is estimated that the cost of extending widow's bereavement allowance to men retrospectively whose wives died between 1995–96 and 1999–2000 could be about £150 million.

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