The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

Chief Secretary (1987-1989)

Mr Major’s Written Parliamentary Answer on Unemployment Costs – 26 November 1987

Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Unemployment Costs on 26th November 1987.

Mr. Ronnie Campbell To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his latest estimate of the current cost of unemployment in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Major The estimated expenditure on unemployment and supplementary benefit paid to the unemployed is £6,050 million. In addition, it is estimated that £1,300 million will be paid in housing benefit, a benefit which can continue to be paid if the recipient finds employment.