HC Deb 13 March 1995 vol 256 cc459-60W
Mr. Frank Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will list the expenditure arising from the payment of(a) contributory benefits, (b) non-means tested non-contributory benefits and (c) means tested non-contributory benefits for claimants below retirement age in (i) 1978–79 and (ii) 1993–94 in 1993–94 prices.

Mr. Hague

Information is not available in the form requested. Information on benefit expenditure for claimants of any age in 1978–79 and 1993–94 is in the table.

1993–94 benefit eaxpenditure (£ millions) 1978–79 benefit expenditure in 1993–94 prices (£ millions)
Contributory benefits 39,575 30,697
Non-contributory means-testedbenefits 28,634 7,714
Non contributory non-means-tested benefits 14,189 7,060


1. These figures have been taken from the 1995 Social Security Departmental Report and earlier equivalents.