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Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the estimated cost of male unemployment in 1979; and what is the current annual cost. [37402]

Benefit expenditure on the unemployed was previously published in Government expenditure plans and is now given in the annual departmental report. Copies of both are held in the Library. The available information does not provide for an estimate of the cost of male unemployment.