Health: Former UK Residents

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

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.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

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.

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