HC Deb 01 July 1982 vol 26 c366W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Prime Minister if she will evaluate the effect on the public sector borrowing requirement of the shortfall in income and consumption taxes, national insurance contributions, unemployment and social security payments associated with current levels of unemployment.

The Prime Minister

I am afraid it is not possible to give any meaningful answer to this question. It implies comparison with an economy with no unemployment at all, and in which many other factors would be different.

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