§ Mr. Farey-Jones
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will make a statement on reciprocal arrangements on social security with Norway.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
I am glad to be able to tell the House that on Thursday, 25th July, during a visit to London of the Norwegian Minister of Social Affairs, my right hon. and learned Friend, the Foreign Secretary and I signed an agreement on social security with Norway.
The agreement will cover the benefits provided by the National Insurance, Industrial Injuries Insurance, Family Allowances and National Assistance schemes in this country and the corresponding benefits in Norway, and the Norwegian health services will be made available to British nationals, including tourists.
The agreement will come into force after it has been ratified, when a further announcement will be made.