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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:48 am on 18th December 1987.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Chelsea 10:48 am, 18th December 1987

I do not think that that is a fair point. I admit that this is a broad brush attempt to ensure that money that has fallen to the Government is redistributed quickly to those who have suffered. Trying to identify unemployment beneficiaries, many of whom go on and off benefit, and many of whom will have lost quite trivial amounts, would incur a disproportionate administrative cost. If the hon. Gentleman wants more detailed statistical information after the recess, I shall do my best to answer a question that he tables.