§ 49. Dame Irene Ward
asked the Minister of Defence whether he will now announce a general increase in the pensions of widows of officers and other ranks.
§ The Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing)
I have been asked to reply.
My hon. Friend has pressed this matter with persuasion, persistence, vocal power, and even patience. I hope she will not have to wait much longer for a statement.
§ Dame Irene Ward
While thanking my hon. Friend, and while apologising for not being able to follow the P-line, may T ask him whether all these "ps" will have satisfactory results and whether he will exert his pressure in that direction?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
I think my hon. Friend is asking that the statement, when it comes, will not be pusillanimous. I am sure that is true.