§ Mr. Thomas Cox
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost of paying unemployment benefit in each region of the United Kingdom for the week ending 25 October 1980.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The latest estimates of regional expenditure on unemployment benefit, which are for the financial year 1977–78, are given in the Central Statistical Offices publication "Regional Statistics" (1980 edition). A copy is held in the House of Commons Library. The administrative cost of paying the benefit in each region is not available.