HC Deb 04 March 1997 vol 291 c563W
Mr. Pike

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimates he has made of the current cost of funding the jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement. [17731]

Mr. Roger Evans

The estimated programme cost of jobseeker's allowance in 1996–97 is £5,681 million.

The departmental report for 1997–98, which is due to be published later this month, will contain new estimates of the cost of jobseeker's allowance.

Source: Table 1A, Departmental report 1996–97.