§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the annual cost of (a) paying unemployment benefit to persons who leave the United Kingdom to seek work in another EEC country and (b) in respect of those who register with the employment services of another country.
§ Mrs. Chalker
In 1978, the amount of United Kingdom unemployment benefit paid to persons for periods when they were seeking work in another EEC country totalled £133,266.
Payments for such periods can be made only to persons who register with the employment services of the other EEC countries. United Kingdom unemployment benefit is not payable to those who seek work elsewhere outside the United Kingdom.