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Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what informationhe has, for both a single and a married old age pensioner, as to the total pension he may receive from the state, the amount of supplements to the pension that may be claimed, the other benefits that are available from central and local government and the payments that are necessary for health care, in each European Economic Community country.

I refer my hon. Friend to sections II, IV and IX of the Department's publication, "Tables of Social Benefit Systems in the European Communities (Position at 1 January 1987)", a copy of which is in the Library. This covers all the major cash benefits available nation-wide in each member state. Comprehensive information on occasions and benefits from local authorities is not available.