HC Deb 09 March 1944 vol 397 cc2211-2W
Sir A. Gridley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional expenditure has been approved by Parliament since the outbreak of war in respect of social services, old age pensions, the pay and allowances to men in the fighting Services and the like, showing the total cost under each item in a full year for which provision will have to be made by the taxpayer.

Sir J. Anderson

The answer is as follows(a) Provision made in Civil Estimates, 1939 and 1943 (including Supplementary Estimates) for certain services.

1939 1943
£000 £000
Unemployment Insurance and Assistance 66,513 33,455
Education, including Teachers' Pensions 61,210 70,253
Housing Subsidies 18,465 18,528
National Health Insurance, and Grants for certain Health Services 7,376 10,328
Old Age and Contributory Pensions 69,047 77,855
Supplementary Pensions 46,250
War Pensions (1914–18 war) 38,629 35,544
(b) Expenditure on pensions, etc., arising out of the present war is not provided for in the ordinary Estimates but is charged to the Vote of Credit. The cost in 1942, the last year for which figures are available, was £9,989,000. (c) Excluding post-war credits, the additional charge for the year 1943–44 due to major improvements in Service Pay and Allowances introduced since the outbreak of the present war is estimated at about £160 millions.