§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will estimate the cost, if all former supplementary benefit claimants entitled to repayment of voluntary unemployment deductions responded to his publicity campaign, of paying the additional benefits to which they were eligible;
(2) if he will estimate the cost of paying additional benefit to all those eligible who suffered wrongful voluntary unemployment deductions.
§ Dr. Boyson
The estimated benefit cost of paying those who suffered wrongful voluntary unemployment deductions is £400,000. It is possible at present to estimate how much of this is in respect of former supplementary benefit claimants.