HC Deb 21 October 1975 vol 898 c108W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the cost of increasing the £5 per week recruitment subsidy for school leavers to a level equivalent to unemployment benefit.

Mr. Harold Walker

The cost of the Recruitment Subsidy Scheme for school leavers has been estimated at up to £5 million. Unemployment benefit for a single person is at present £9.80, but in November it will be increased to £11.10. The extra cost could therefore be estimated at approximately £5 millions, or approximately £6½ millions.