HC Deb 21 July 1981 vol 9 c88W
Sir Frederic Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many males in the United Kingdom between the ages of 60 and 65 years are estimated to be in receipt of unemployment benefit; and what is the resultant total cost to the Exchequer on an annual basis.

Mrs. Chalker

The average number of men aged 60 to 64 inclusive receiving unemployment benefit in the financial year 1981–82 is estimated as some 110,000; and the cost of unemployment benefit payable to them, at the average benefit rates applying in that year, would be some £170 million.