§ Mr. Simon Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the economic constraints which prevent the conclusion of a bilateral agreement with Canada which would allow British pensioners living there to have their pension uprated.
§ Dr. Boyson
It is estimated that to pay British pensions in Canada at the rates which would be payable in this country would cost an extra £32 million a year at 1983 rates. Additional resources on this scale cannot be made available in the present economic situation.