§ 45. Mr. Newton
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he has made any assessment of the effects on employment prospects of the proposed increase in employers' national insurance surcharge.
§ Mr. Healey
I provided estimates of the effects on employment prospects of the proposed increase in the national insurance surcharge to the Social Services and Employment Sub-Committee of the Expenditure Committee on 20th June. I132W said then that I expected that unemployment would be about 5,000 higher in the second quarter of 1979 than it would otherwise have been.