§ 43. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Social Security what sum has been paid out in earnings-related unemployment benefit in the Bathgate area since the introduction of the scheme.
§ Mr. Pentland
Separate figures are not kept for the earnings-related part of unemployment benefit. But the total amount paid out in unemployment benefit by the Bathgate employment exchange between the start of the earnings-related short-term benefits scheme on 6th October to the end of the month was £14,099.
§ Mr. Dalyell
In view of the special circumstances of Bathgate, will my hon. Friend consult with the Ministry of Labour about the legal implications of using earnings-related benefit supplements for off-the-job adult retraining?