HC Deb 05 March 1934 vol 286 c1517
14. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Minister of Pensions if he will state, as a percentage of benefit paid, the cost of administration of his Department for each of the past five years?

The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)

The cost of administration as a percentage of benefit expenditure is as follows: 1929, 2.5 per cent.; 1930, 2.4 per cent.; 1931, 2.2 per cent.; 1932, 1.9 per cent.; 1933, 1.8 per cent. The last figure is estimated. It will be seen that the cost has been steadily reduced.


Can the Minister give the House an idea of the total savings effected?


I could not give an exact figure, but, at the highest point, this country was spending over £6,000,000 on administration. In the present year the cost of administration is about £800,000, so that the saving on administration amounts to over £5,000,000 per year.