HC Deb 29 June 1955 vol 543 c33W
Lieut.-Commander Maydon

asked the Minister of Health with what countries there are reciprocal agreements entitling British subjects to similar benefits to those enjoyed by foreigners who use our National Health Scheme.

2. Mr. Iain Macleod

Following is the information as respects foreign countries:

Multilateral agreements A reciprocal agreement is in force between the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg for giving medical treatment to indigent persons. A Convention extending this arrangement to all members of the Council of Europe was signed in December, 1953, and is in force between those countries which have ratified it (the United Kingdom, the Irish Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and the Saar).

Bilateral agreements Agreements are in force whereby British subjects employed in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxemburg who participate in the social insurance schemes of those countries can have their United Kingdom insurance taken into account in reckoning their entitlement, and that of their dependants, to medical benefit. Agreements with Austria, Belgium, the German Federal Republic and Sweden are being negotiated.