To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 2 February (WA 26), what are the terms of the agreement with the Republic of Ireland on the closure of the 2003-06 European Union healthcare costs account and the terms of settlement for 2007-09; what is the new system for agreeing the number of pensioners each country will be liable for; and what are the figures involved.
Historically, the system for agreeing the number of pensioners each country will be liable for has been derived from a triennial survey.
Under to terms of the agreement reached with Ireland for years 2003-06, both countries agreed to move to a per capita basis, rather than a per family basis. For the years 2007-09, the United Kingdom has agreed to accept liability for 40 per cent of the pensioner caseload.
For future years, we are examining the practicalities of a system of pensioner registration.