HC Deb 02 July 1942 vol 381 cc522-3W
Sir L. Lyle

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the new demands made on the resources of the State, he will state, in tabular form, the aggregate sums now devoted by the State to the assistance of the individual from prenatal provision to old age pensions?

Sir K. Wood

In framing the following statement I have assumed that my hon. Friend's Question relates to the social services, and does not include allowances to the dependants of men in the Fighting Services, war pensions or the cost of special war-time measures such as food subsidies and evacuation.

Approximate estimated cost to the Exchequer in the financial year 1942 of the following services:

Old age, contributory and supplementary pensions 104.6
Unemployment insurance and assistance 31.5
National Health Insurance 9.1
Education 68.0
Housing Subsidies 18.5