asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will undertake to investigate the existing arrangements whereby the reciprocal agreement between the United Kingdom and Jersey and Guernsey on social security cannot assist in the obtaining of higher rates of retirement pension in the light of the case submitted to him by the hon. Member for Hertfordshire, South-West.
As the hon. Member knows, the case to which he refers has been carefully considered by my Department. I am satisfied that it would not be appropriate to seek to amend the reciprocal agreement between this country and Jersey and Guernsey to permit Jersey contributions to count for British pension in the circumstances of this type of case.