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Sickness Benefits: EU Law

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if she will place in the Library a copy of her substantive response to the letter sent to her by the European Commission on 1 October 2009 giving factual notice in respect of the UK Government's failure to comply with the ECJ ruling on exportable sickness benefits. (303358)

The European Commission wrote to the UK Government on 8 October giving formal notification of infraction proceedings challenging how the UK has implemented a 2007 decision of the European Court of Justice relating to Disability Living Allowance (care component), Attendance Allowance and Carer's Allowance.

Correspondence between the European Commission and the member states (including the UK) on such cases is generally regarded by both parties as confidential between them.

As we are currently in dialogue with the European Commission we will not be making our replies to their correspondence public.