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1979-1987 : Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits (School Leavers)

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Benefits (School Leavers) on 24th April 1986.


Mr. Frank Field Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) of he will detail the number of claims from those leaving school between the end of the spring term and 17 May 1985 detailing (a) the total number of claims, (b) the number successful, (c) the total number of school leavers paid benefit whose 16th birthday was after 31 January 1985 in England and Wales and 28 February 1985 in Scotland and (d) the total number of school leavers paid benefit after returning to school to undertake exams after the Easter holiday;

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the information gathered as requested in circular 5/17/85.

Mr. Major A special monitoring exercise was mounted between the end of the spring school term and 17 May 1985 to obtain the figures requested by the hon. Member at (b) to (d) of his question. The information required was on the number of successful claims to benefit: the total number of claims was not asked for and is not available. The figures are:

(b) 24,859

(c) 936

(d) 8,164

There is no other information which could be placed in the Library.