§ Hugh Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of unemployment benefits has been (a) at current prices and (b) as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Pond
I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Vale of Clwyd (Chris Ruane) on 7 September 2004,Official Report, columns 1205–206W.