§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on how increased unemployment levels might affect the manpower and financial savings proposed in Sir Derek Rayner's report 'Payments of Benefits to Unemployed People', March 1981, having regard to the fact that most of the recommendations in the survey are based on volume of work at 1.5 million unemployed.
§ Mr. Waddington
There is no simple relationship between the manpower and financial savings identified in the report and the level of unemployment. Whilst savings from many recommendations would increase at higher levels of unemployment, in other cases savings would be reduced: for example, where the costs of introducing changes at higher levels of unemployment increase disproportionately to the savings which would result.