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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits on 22nd April 1986.


Mr. Wigley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the per capita expenditure on social security benefits in England in the last year for which figures are available;

(2) what was the per capita expenditure on social security benefits in Wales in the last year for which figures are available;

(3) what was the per capita expenditure on social security benefits in Scotland in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Major [pursuant to his reply, 17 April 1986, c. 452]: Estimated per capita expenditure on social security benefits in 1984-85 was as follows:


Country | £

England | 641

Wales | 714

Scotland | 700

This analysis covers about 95 per cent. of total benefit expenditure in Great Britain. A breakdown of the remainder is not available.