HC Deb 27 November 1928 vol 223 cc263-4W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the total cost to the State of the social services (of education, old age pensions, widows' and orphans' pensions, unemployment benefit, health insurance benefits and other medical welfare, or institutional benefits, and housing subsidies) before the War and at the present day; and what does the cost of such social services amount to per head of the estimated population for each of these periods.


It is estimated that the total Exchequer contribution in the years specified towards the cost of the social services other than War Pensions named in the annual return of expenditure on Public Social Services in Great Britain was as follows:—

1911 28,451,000
1927 119,242,000

The usual annual return containing these figures will be issued shortly. The 1911 figure represents an expenditure per head of the population of approximately 14s., and the 1927 figure one of approximately 54s.