§ Mr. Sean Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the cost of administering the social security system in 1978–79 and 1987–88, in 1978–79 prices.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The administration costs are as follows:
£ million 1978–79 761 1987–88 1996 1 At 1978–79 prices.
The main reasons for the additional costs in 1987–88 were the salary and other costs of extra staff in the local offices of both the Department of Social Security and the Department of Employment, together with the greater use of computers and consultants.