§ 4.—(1) If reciprocal arrangements are in force between Great Britain and Northern Ireland under and for the purposes of the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Acts, 1925 to 1931, and the corresponding enactments of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, the National Health Insurance Joint Committee constituted under section eighty-eight of the National Health Insurance Act, 1924, on application being made by the Government of Northern Ireland, and with the approval of the Secretary of State, may make reciprocal arrangements to take effect between the Northern Ireland authority administering the said corresponding enactments and the authority administering a similar pensions' scheme in another country, whereby—
- (a) periods of insurance, contributions paid, and residence, in one country shall, for the purpose of qualification for pensions in the other country, be treated as if they had been periods of insurance, contributions paid, and residence, in that other country;
- (b) pensions payable by one country shall be payable to persons whilst resident in the other country; and
- (c) financial adjustments may be made between one country and the other country.
§ (2) For the purposes of this section, the expression "country" means, on the one hand, Northern. Ireland, and on the other hand, any country other than Northern Ireland, with which reciprocal arrangements made under section. thirty-three of the Widows', Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act, 1925, are in force, and the expression "similar pensions' scheme" means a scheme established in any such country other than Northern. Ireland, and being the subject of the last-mentioned reciprocal arrangements.—[Mr. Stanley.]
§ Brought up, and read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.