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Armed Services (Wives)

Volume 939: debated on Friday 25 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what social benefits are not available to wives of British Service personnel serving in West Germany which could be payable if they were resident in the United Kingdom.

Wives of British Service personnel who claim benefits administered by my Department cannot acquire title to non-contributory invalidity pension, attendance allowance or mobility allowance while they are in West Germany. If they had title to any of those three benefits before they left the United Kingdom they could continue to receive them in Germany, though attendance allowance and mobility allowance would normally continue for only a limited period. The position with regard to unemployment benefit is explained in my reply to the hon. Member on 24th November.