HC Deb 17 November 1981 vol 13 c112W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many 16 to 19-year-olds draw unemployment or, because of unemployment, supplementary benefit; and what is the total cost of paying benefit to this group of claimants.

Mr. Rossi

At the latest date for which estimates are available, late 1980, the number of unemployed 16 to 19-year-olds receiving unemployment benefit, unemployment benefit with supplementary allowance, or supplementary allowance only, was 325,000. The total weekly cost after the November 1980 uprating is estimated at £6.3 million.

Sources: Unemployment Benefit Statistics, November 1980, Annual Statistical Inquiry, December 1980.

Totals expressed as round figures.