HC Deb 28 June 1982 vol 26 cc233-4W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in pursuance of the answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr, (Mr. Rooker) Official Report, 14 June, c. 206, how many of those 430,000 registered unemployed listed as receiving neither national insurance nor supplementary benefit on 11 February were categorised as claims not determined on the day of the count; what is his estimate of the breakdown of the remainder according to cause; and if anything is known about whether those unemployed are single, married, householders, non-householders, and with or without dependent children.

Mr. Newton

Of the 430,000 unemployed claimants who were receiving neither unemployment nor supplementary benefit on 11 February 1982, 155,000 had not yet had their claims determined and 182,000 had exhausted their title to unemployment benefit. The remaining 92,000 were not getting unemployment benefit for a variety of reasons. A breakdown showing the numbers of those who were serving waiting days, had voluntarily left employment without just cause, had been dismissed for misconduct, had not satisfied the contribution conditions or had received a payment in lieu of notice or of remuneration will be available in a few weeks' time; and so will a breakdown of the 430,000 by marital status. That information will appear in tables 4 and 2 respectively of the summary of unemployment benefit statistics for February 1982 which is being prepared in addition to the usual half-yearly series, and of which a copy will be placed in the Library of the House. No information will be available about the dependency or householder status of unemployed claimants who are receiving no benefits: and comparable information about the reasons for non-entitlement to supplementary allowances is not collected.