§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Paymaster General what was the total number of payments made and the total amount paid from the redundancy fund in Great Britain for each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Trippier
The total number of payments made from the redundancy fund in each of the financial years 1979–80 to 1985–86, and the amount of money relating to those payments, are set out below:
Financial year Number of payments made Amount paid from redundancy fund £ million 1979–80 316,083 125.3 1980–81 675,906 305.2 1981–82 862,605 453.6 1982–83 747,768 428.4 1983–84 658,383 427.3 1984–85 492,354 333.0 1985–86 517,953 351.9
These payments include rebates to employers of part of the statutory redundancy payments they have made to their employees, redundancy payments made by the Department to employees when their employer has defaulted on the payment and payments made by the Department to employees to settle certain debts such as arrears of pay owed to them by insolvent employers.