§ 62. Mr. Sedgemore
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the Government's estimate of the overall annual cost to the Exchequer of unemployment; and how this figure is calculated.
§ Mr. MacGregor
It is estimated that the overall cost to the Exchequer of benefits to the unemployed was about £6,800 million in 1985–86. It is not possible to estimate the revenue forgone.