HC Deb 19 July 1979 vol 970 cc827-8W
Mr. Bob Dunn

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will agree to introduce reciprocal pension arrangements with the Republic of South Africa.

Mr. Prentice

No. We have no plans to negotiate an agreement on social security with the Republic of South Africa. A reciprocal agreement on social security normally covers more than just the payment of pensions and is possible only with a country which has a social security system compatible with that of the United Kingdom. Apart from this, present constraints on expenditure restrict our activity in this field.