§ 34. Mr. Elwyn Jones
asked the Minister of Health with what countries the United Kingdom as made reciprocal arrangements for the provision of medical and hospital services to their respective subjects.
§ 46. Mr. du Cann
asked the Minister of Health if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement showing with what foreign Governments he has negotiated free medical services equivalent to the National Health Service for British residents and visitors abroad; and what future steps he intends to take in this regard.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)
Besides the arrangements detailed in my right hon. Friend's reply of 6th March to my hon. Friend, the Member for Ilford, South (Mr. Cooper), an arrangement has been made with West Germany, covering our nationals insured in that country, and their dependants. My right hon. Friend, the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance has constantly in mind the possibilities of making revised or additional agreements.
§ Mr. du Cann
Does not my hon. Friend think that to make arrangements of this sort is a much better way of dealing with the problem of foreigners coming to the United Kingdom and using our facilities than suggesting, for instance, that we should tighten up controls on the system? 615 Does she not think, therefore, that the best thing that her Department can possibly do is to ensure that as many of of these reciprocal arrangements as possible are made as quickly as possible?
§ Mr. Bellenger
On what date did the arrangement with Western Germany come into force, and may I declare my own interest in this matter?