HC Deb 25 March 1937 vol 321 cc3050-1
8. Mr. W. Roberts

asked the Minister of Labour the present cost in salaries, accommodation, and expenses, and all other costs in administering unemployment assistance payments, as compared with similar costs when transitional payments were administered by county and county borough councils?

Mr. E. Brown

The total cost of the administration of unemployment assistance in the current financial year will, it is estimated, be approximately £4,400,000, of which about £1,800,000 will be incurred by the Unemployment Assistance Board, including the cost of ancillary services rendered to the Board by Government Departments and accruing liability in respect of superannuation allowances, the greater part of the balance being in respect of services rendered by the Ministry of Labour. The total cost to the Exchequer of the administration of transitional payments in the 12 months ended 31st December, 1934, prior to the first appointed day, was about £3,500,000; this included about £780,000 paid to public assistance authorities in respect of such part of the cost of administration by them as was chargeable to the Exchequer.