asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will now make it his practice to publish details of payments to individual firms from his Department under schemes such as the temporary employment subsidy and the job creation scheme.
No. In the case of TES, disclosure of applications by a particular firm could lead to the redundancies the scheme is designed to avoid by adversely affecting the commercial standing of the firm and the morale of the work force. In many cases assurances as to confidentiality have been sought by both employer and unions, and these have been given. The cost of regular publication of details of all payments made to individual firms sponsoring projects under the job creation programme could not be justified.