HC Deb 24 June 1935 vol 303 cc803-4
40. Mr. SANDYS

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he will consider the possibility of making reciprocal inter-Imperial arrangements under which British subjects who would have been eligible for old age pensions in one part of the Empire had they not moved to another part of the Empire should not on that account forfeit their rights to old age pensions?


The question of reciprocity in old age pensions has been considered at Imperial Conferences, but it has not hitherto been found practicable to institute any reciprocal schemes. My hon. Friend will, however, no doubt be aware that the payment of pensions awarded under the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Acts of 1925 and 1929 is continued in the case of persons migrating to any part of the Empire, while insured persons below pension age leaving the United Kingdom are afforded the opportunity of maintaining their pensions insurance by the continued payment of the appropriate contributions after arrival overseas.


Can my Noble Friend assure us that he will take every opportunity at future Imperial Conferences to try to reach a scheme, in view of the great hardship which exists in some of these cases?


Yes, in so far as it affects my Department.