Provide for equal treatment of forces widows’ pensions in respect of
retirement from military service for the periods before 1973 and between 1973
and 2005; and for connected puposes.
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of the date on which this Act is
passed, make regulations relating to armed forces pensions in accordance with
Regulations made under this section must provide for pensions paid to
surviving spouses and civil partners of deceased armed forces personnel who
before 31 March 1973, and
between 31 March 1973 and 6 April 2005,
to be calculated and paid on the same basis.
For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Act shall affect the provision of
pensions under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/438).
Regulations made under section 1 shall be made by statutory instrument which
shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of
Regulations under this Act may make—
any supplementary, incidental or consequential provision,
any transitory, transitional or saving provision,
which the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient for the purposes
of, in consequence of or for giving full effect to the provisions of this Act.
The provisions which may be made under subsection (2) includes provision
amending or repealing any enactment or instrument.
There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
any sums to be paid by the Secretary of State for or in connection with the
carrying out of his functions under this Act; and
any increase attributable to this Act in the sums which are payable out of
money so provided under any other Act.
“armed forces” means the naval, military or air forces of the Crown, but
“reserve forces” has the same meaning as in the Reserve Forces Act 1996
This Act may be cited as the Forces Widows’ Pensions (Equality of Treatment)