§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which other EEC member States pay social security benefits or social assistance to unemployed school leavers who register for work, regardless of the financial circumstances of their parents.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I understand that certain school leavers in Belgium, France and Luxembourg may be paid social security benefit for unemployment regardless of the financial circumstances of their parents.
The social assistance schemes of the other member States of the EEC, including those of the above countries, are in general administered locally and may be subject to local rules and conditions. I cannot, therefore, say to what extent a school leaver's right to receive financial assistance of this nature might depend upon the parents' position.