HC Deb 29 July 1975 vol 896 c422W
Mr. Paul Dean

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of primary and secondary contributions in respect of an employed person is for the provision of unemployment benefit and industrial injuries benefit, respectively.

Mr. O'Malley

Ninety-three per cent. of the standard primary Class 1 contribution, and 91 per cent. of the secondary contribution, are paid into the National Insurance Fund. No specific proportions of these contributions are allocated to unemployment or industrial injuries benefits. The report by the Government Actuary on the Social Security Benefits Uprating Order 1975 (Command 6083), however, gives estimated benefit expenditure for 1975–76 analysed by individual benefits. On the basis of these estimates and allowing for associated costs of administration, about 7 per cent. of the outgo from the National Insurance Fund will be for unemployment benefit and 3½ per cent. will be for industrial injuries benefits.

Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total amount paid in unemployment benefit to those under 21 years of age for the last period of 12 months for which statistics are available.

Mr. O'Malley

About £14 million in the 12 months ended 30th September 1974.