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National Health Service (British Nationals)

Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) on what grounds a woman holding British nationality can be refused treatment under the National Health Service;(2) if a man holding British nationality will be refused free treatment under the National Health Service if he is married to a foreign national living abroad at the time of his request for treatment.

Eligibility for treatment under the NHS for a man or a woman depends not on nationality but on their HC8 1979–80—a copy of which is held in the Library.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the surplus of receipts over payments in the national insurance fund for the years 1976–77 and 1977–78 and 1978–79, together with the respective budgeted surplus or deficit and any reasons he may have for any variation arising.

The actual surpluses of the national insurance fund together with the surpluses or deficits estimated at the time the contribution rates were decided, are as follows :being ordinarily resident here. If he or she has settled here or is working here this is accepted as qualifying; that a spouse is living abroad is not directly relevant; although it may be an indication whether he or she has genuinely settled here.