HC Deb 25 April 1972 vol 835 cc231-2W
34. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total cost to the Supplementary Benefits Commission of payments to strikers and their dependants, and administrative arrangements necessitated thereby, in the first quarter of 1972.

Mr. Dean

The provisional total amounts paid out in larger disputes were £153,032 to those on strike and £5,516,708 to their dependants. A further £658,604 was paid following the resumption of work. The administrative cost of paying supplementary benefit in these disputes is not known.