New Forest East

DEFENCE – WAR WIDOWS – 16 March 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: Given that the Government are on track to deal with the hounding of our veterans within 100 days of taking office, how ​many days will it take to produce an ex gratia plan for the compensation of the estimated 265 war widows who lost their pension on remarriage or cohabitation?

[The Minister for Defence People and Veterans (Johnny Mercer): I have met my right hon. Friend a number of times to discuss this issue. Indeed, I have met the war widows groups. The Secretary of State made a ​statement to the House, and we continue to look at schemes on how we can help those who have lost their husband or wife in the service of this nation. We have made it clear that we owe them a debt of gratitude, and we will look to set up some sort of fund or payment that will rightly recognise their sacrifice for the nation.]