HC Deb 13 February 1984 vol 54 c70W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will show at 1983–84 prices the direct Exchequer costs of an increase of 100,000 in registered unemployment, excluding school leavers, in the same format as the table on page 6 of Economic Progress Report No. 130, February 1981.

Mr. Peter Rees

In 1983–84 the additional benefit payments and associated administrative costs resulting from a 100,000 increase in unemployment are estimated to be about £175 million and £10 million respectively. Estimates of associated changes in tax and national insurance revenues depend upon the assumed causes of the unemployment.