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Unemployed Persons

Volume 940: debated on Wednesday 30 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment further to his reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, Official Report, 26th October, column 873, if he will now estimate the overall net cost of guaranteeing to every unemployed adult a job at £40 a week, after taking into account increased revenue from national insurance contribution and from income tax.

It is estimated that to pay every adult person at present unemployed in Great Britain a wage of £40 a week, after taking into account increased revenue from national insurance contributions and from income tax, would cost about £1,700 million. There would also be other costs—e.g., for administration, materials, etc.