asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will give instructions to Government job-centres to supply names and addresses of people ready to fill company vacancies on a self-employed basis.
No. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission, which is responsible for the public employment service that it is not its policy to submit people to vacancies for self employment, i.e. under a contract for services. This policy is based on concern to safeguard the interests of workers who may not be fully aware of the implication of self employment, and in particular the lack of some forms of employment protection for the self employed. However, the employment service division of the MSC has in hand a review of this policy.