HC Deb 11 April 1940 vol 359 c684
15. Mr. Batey

asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed on the Unemployment Fund, and also the cost of administration?

Mr. E. Brown

Approximately 700,000 payments of unemployment benefit were made in the week ended 9th March, 1940, the latest week for which figures are available. The cost of administration of unemployment insurance during the current financial year is estimated at £4,448,000.

Mr. Batey

I have not heard a single word. Can we have that answer read again?

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member will realise that it was not because the Minister did not speak up that he did not hear.