§ 15. Lord Willoughby de Eresby
asked the Minister of Pensions if he will state the number of deaths amongst war disability pensioners during the past five years; the numbers of pensions awarded to widows in respect of those deaths; whether he is satisfied that the fullest possible assistance is given to widows in preparation of claims; and if he will consider the special training and appointment of his Department's officers to act as widow's pensions officers.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions (Mr. Simmons)
About 63,000 ex-Service disablement pensioners died during the five years period ended December last. About 38,000 of these pensioners left widows, 12,400 of whom were granted pension on the basis that the husband's death was related to his war service. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that every assistance is given to widows who require help in the preparation of claims both at Headquarters and in the regional offices of the Department. Trained women officers in the regional offices already provide expert guidance. I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the various organisations and voluntary workers throughout the country who also give valuable help in this matter.