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Job Release Scheme

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many men have taken advantage of the job release scheme in each month since it was introduced, and at what age.

Following is the information:

ACCEPTED APPLICATIONS—MEN AGED 64
197719781979
January4,3657531,725
February2,4185421,727
March1,8715751,200
April1,4896721,651
May2,050823
June1,1061,537
July5512,124
August5081,480
September4282,106
October6701,763
November4941,664
December5141,710
ACCEPTED APPLICATIONS—MEN AGED 60–64
May 19792,574
June 19798,621
July 19799,899
August 19797,726
September 19796,730
October 19795,411
November 19793,754
December 19792,142
January 19803,848

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) whether he will now extend the job release scheme either immediately or by stages to cover all men aged over 60 years;(2) when he expects to announce the outcome of his annual review of the current job release scheme due to end on 31 March.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is yet in a position to announce whether the job release scheme will be extended beyond 31 March.

I refer the hon. and learned Member and hon. Members to my right hon. Friend's statement to the House on Thursday 14 February 1980. —[Vol. 978, c. 1755–66.]