HC Deb 27 July 1989 vol 157 c854W
Mr. John Greenway

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his assessment of the implications for public spending of the sustained fall in unemployment.

Mr. Nicholas Scott

I have been asked to reply.

We estimate that spending on the Social Security programme would be about £3.3 billion higher than planned in the current year if the sustained fall in unemployment over the last three years had not taken place.