§ 18. Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the total expenditure of social security benefits in(a) the current financial year, (b) five years ago and (c) 10 years ago. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The figures' are in the table:
Financial year Benefit expenditure (£ million cash) 1994–95 285,221 1989–90 50,174 1984–85 38,250 1 Figures have been taken from the 1995 Social Security departmental report and an earlier equivalent. 2 Estimated outturn.