HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 c2345
61. Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he can state the aggregate annual amount per head of the population which is now distributed by State in uncovenanted unemployment relief, Poor Law relief, old age pensions, service and kindred pensions, and insurance payments, either health or insurance, respectively?


As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The amount per head of population distributed in 1922–23 in Great Britain on the services stated are estimated to have been approximately as follows:

s. d.
Unemployment Benefit 19 6
Poor Law Relief 21 0
Old Age Pensions 10 0
Service and kindred Pensions (including the pensions of school teachers and police) 13 6
War Pensions 30 0
Health Insurance Benefits 11 0

The figures include not only money provided from taxes and rates but also, in the case of the health and unemployment insurance schemes, contributions by employers and employed. Separate figures are not available for un-covenanted unemployment benefit.