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

Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Benefit Statistics on 30th June 1986.


Mr. MacKenzie Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total sum of money paid, in the form of unemployment benefit to male, female and young claimants in the last 12 months for which figures are available in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively.

Mr. Major The total estimated expenditure on unemployment benefit in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the financial year 1985-86 was £1,640 million.

A breakdown of this figure is available as follows:


Country | £ million

Scotland | 189

England | 1,314

Wales | 88

Northern Ireland | 49


I regret that the information requested regarding expenditure by sex and age is not available.