Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits on 31st October 1986.
Mr. Marlow Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce legislation to place a limit on the amount of supplementary benefit that can be paid to foreigners, compatible with the respective levels available in their own countries; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major No. Entitlement to supplementary benefit depends upon immigration status and there is no nationality test. In those circumstances where benefit is payable to a person from abroad, it is at the rate appropriate to the person’s requirements and resources in this country and has no regard to levels of social assistance available in other countries where different costs of living apply.