HC Deb 28 April 1976 vol 910 cc105-6W
35. Mr. Peter Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on EEC proposals on the harmonisation of family benefits.

Mr. Orme

The only particular proposal currently being considered would amend the EEC social security regulations to require all member States to follow the procedure which the regulations lay down for the majority, including the United Kingdom, and under which a member State pays its family benefits when a worker is subject to its legisla- tion but his family are living in another member State. For the United Kingdom, only family allowances are involved. The Social Affairs Council was, however, unable at its meeting on 18th December last to agree on this proposal, which the United Kingdom supports.