HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 cc53-4W
Mr. Paul Dean

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to secure a reciprocal agreement with Canada on social security with particular reference to the recipients of British pensions resident in Canada who do not receive increases in their pensions.

Mr. Orme

Officials of both countries met in London in July to explore the possibilities of an agreement in the light of recent Canadian legislation. These are still under consideration. I must, however, emphasise that any question of increasing the rates of British pensions paid in Canada will need to be considered in the light of the constraints on public expenditure in the United Kingdom.