Habitual Residence Rules

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Security – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23 January 1996.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins , Blackpool South 12:00, 23 January 1996

Will my hon. Friend confirm that the need for the habitual residence test has been highlighted by magazines such as Time Out, which described London as a honeypot for young Europeans"? Does he agree that the increasing incidence of benefit tourism has shown that the habitual residence test was vitally necessary and is welcome to British taxpayers, and that our system, when compared with restrictive social security systems on the continent, has been described by Time Out as "generous"?