HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 cc290-2W
Mr. Cryer

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether social security contributions payable in Western Germany by United Kingdom citizens employed there are repayable; and if he is satisfied that repayments are being made where such applications are made.

Mrs. Chalker

Under European Community legislation, a United Kingdom citizen employed in West Germany is required to pay German social security contributions except in a few specified circumstances. I understand that German social security contributions paid in error can be refunded by the appropriate authority in the Federal Republic, to which any application could be addressed.