asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have taken advantage of the job transfer scheme; what is the cost to public funds of the scheme; if he is satisfied that there are no abuses of the scheme; and if he envisages that the scheme will be maintained permanently.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the information on expenditure is not available in the form requested. The total number of moves assisted and the annual expenditure on the Employment Transfer Scheme, the Job Search Scheme, the Key Workers Scheme and the Nucleus Labour Force Scheme since 1st April 1972 are available and are recorded in the table below, together with the number of moves under the Employment Transfer Scheme in brackets.
|Period—year ended||Expenditure||Number of moves|
|31st March 1973||4,463,000||19,406 (18,557)|
|31st March 1974||4,518,000||15,995 (15,237)|
|31st March 1975||4,372,000||15,120 (14,333)|
|31st March 1976||5,965,000||16,143 (15,701)|
|1st April 1976–30th September 1976.||4,734,000||11,193 (10,955)|