§ 49. Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current number of persons registered as unemployed; what is the total cost of providing for them and their families by unemployment benefit and supplementary benefit; and what proportions of the total cost of such provision are met from the social security scheme and from general government revenue respectively.
§ Mr. Orme
On 13th October 1977, the latest date for which figures are available, 1,457,000 persons were registered as unemployed. The estimated cost of benefits payable because of unemployment in 1977–78 is £1,382 million. This total includes £677 million for unemployment benefit payable from the National Insurance Fund and £705 million for supplementary benefit payable from the Consolidated Fund.