Brian Cave (Pensioners Debout!),
le Fourquet, 46300, Gourdon, France
Tel: (0033) (0) 5 65 41 42 69
Web page - http://www.lefourquet.net/
Blog site http://pensionersdebout.blogspot.com/
Copied to Mark Harper MP.
Dear David Lidington,
Mark Harper has forwarded to me your reply to him of July 22nd.
References Mark Harper FD 7868… Your Ref.. 85076
It has taken me some time
to get around to replying. I have desired
to take as much care over my reply as I possibly could. Enclosed with this reply is a small dossier
of selected correspondence. All in all
everything indicates the depth of feeling which resides with the pensioner
expatriate British Citizen in
I copy below an extract from your letter of reply.
“There are currently no plans to appoint a Minister for expatriates. Expatriate citizens contact government about a wide range of issues covering the responsibilities of different government departments and agencies and I think that it is both fair and logical to treat representatives from expatriates in exactly the same way that we do those from people resident in the UK, where it is the constituency MP who takes the case up with the appropriate Minister.”
My response :-
(sic) from European expatriates cannot be treated in the same manner as
representations from citizens resident in the
My plea for a Minister for the Expatriate British Citizen living within the EU/EEA arises from issues affecting such Citizens.
managing a blog site http://pensionersdebout.blogspot.com/ with over 11,600 visits and an email correspondent
list of numerous pensioners, I am particularly concerned with the British
Government’s treatment towards the British pensioner in
the 1985 Representation of the People Act
(web link) British Citizens
non-resident in the
There are large numbers of British Citizens
living in the EEA who have not been resident in the
One knows that the constituency MP is not
especially interested in the European problems as described in items
below. I have had reported to me the
instance where an MP has said that he is not that interested if the
‘constituent’ does not live in his physical constituency. Often, the complexity of the issues is beyond
the patience of the average MP to tackle.
The notion of a
Comments are often made that the expatriate ‘cannot be bothered to vote’. This apparent lack of motivation arises from the thoughts expressed here. It is this lack of motivation, and thereby lack of feedback which in turn leads Government Ministers to be unaware that there are any European issues impinging on the British Citizen which need attention.
Treaties and Laws
5. Many regulations enacted by the British Parliament also affect such citizens directly, particularly pensioners. One may mention for example, such matters as passports, pensions, benefits and health costs.
Many citizens are pensioners who have income
One could hope that in the future the
Again, considering the financial constraints leading towards a reduction in the total number of MPs, such a change is in the short term doubtful.
8. Representation by elected MPs is not the complete answer, although the recognition that an individual MP is aware of one’s special needs has great merit. And, it retains the important element of electoral responsibility.
A well intentioned Minister would have the
ability to draw many elements together.
The role of a Minister for The British Citizen in Europe.
10. Such a person would soon realise the intricacy of issues affecting the citizen. He would need to study the EU regulations on …….
· ‘freedom of movement’,
· the ‘costing of health care’
and wider ‘social
issues’ generally. One must comprehend
the significance of the EU concept that
· The relationship of the British banking sector to the European expatriate.
He would need to
consult with the expatriates
· From this, one would hope that thoughts would arise on the development of British linked businesses, acting across Europe
There are the
problems that arise from conflicting taxation. The interpretation of the Double
taxation convention with
In short, co-ordination and an overview of the regulations which affect the British Citizen in
This would be a major step forward at hopefully relatively little cost.
with an overview of the socio/political future of
It is necessary that the home State supports the needs of the British Citizen.
A fresh political direction is required stemming from an understanding of the demographic changes which are occurring so rapidly.
I hope that you will reconsider your approach to this matter.
Attached --- dossier of correspondence. [This is excluded here because it contains matters of a confidential nature.]