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International Agreements

Volume 210: debated on Thursday 25 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list all the bilateral and multilateral agreements directly or indirectly negotiated by his Department or a body acting on behalf of his Department with (a) Switzerland and (b) Liechtenstein.

The Government have a bilateral social security agreement with Switzerland but not with Liechtenstein.

A multilateral agreement covering all countries in the European economic area—EEA—including the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, is expected to come into effect on 1 January 1993. Under this agreement, the European Comxamunity social security regulations for migrant workers will be extended throughout the EEA.