HC Deb 24 February 1948 vol 447 c1760
43. Mr. John E. Haire

asked the Minister of National Insurance what plans he has for the integration of social insurance schemes within the Commonwealth; and if he will state his policy.

The Minister of National Insurance (Mr. James Griffiths)

It is the policy of His Majesty's Government to endeavour to conclude reciprocal arrangements, wherever a satisfactory basis can be found, between the social insurance schemes of this country and other Commonwealth countries. A conference of officials of the Governments concerned was held in London last May to consider the principles governing such reciprocity. Their report, which was unanimous, is now before the respective Governments. Their recommendations, if accepted, will provide a basis for negotiations designed to establish specific and detailed reciprocal arrangements with particular Commonwealth countries.

Mr. Chetwynd

Could my right hon. Friend say whether Eire is included in these negotiations?

Mr. Griffiths

Yes, Sir.