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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on EC Nationals (Social Security)

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on EC Nationals (Social Security) on 27th June 1986.


Mr. John Mark Taylor Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the social security entitlements of European Economic Community visitors to the United Kingdom looking for work.

Mr. Major European Community (EC) nationals looking for work in the United Kingdom may, if they have been receiving unemployment benefit in another EC country, continue to receive that benefit for up to 13 weeks here, subject to certain conditions laid down in EC rules. They may also claim means-tested social assistance benefits, such as supplementary benefit, under the same conditions as United Kingdom nationals. However, in these circumstances they may be asked to leave the United Kingdom on the ground that they have become a charge on public funds.