§ Dr. Goodson-Wickes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies she has made on the association between unemployment and ill health.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
We are fully aware of the extensive research literature about the association between unemployment and ill-health. This literature includes analysis of the respective contributions of unemployment itself and of the related variables of social class, poverty, age and pre-existing ill-health. Studies also indicate the value of preventive health care and of social support of unemployed people and their families.