asked the Secretary of State for Employment why invitations for an official launch of the "Service Away From Home Scheme" were issued before 3 April, in the light of the the Under-Secretary's reply to the question of the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme on that date, indicating that the scheme was being closely evaluated and that a decision on its future would be made before the expiry date of the pilot period.
[pursuant to his reply, 16 April 1980, c. 634]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that community service volunteers held a reception to publicise the service away from home scheme at their premises on 15 April. The reception was organised entirely by community service volunteers and invitations were issued at the end of March. The future of the scheme remains as set out in my reply of 3 April.—[Vol. 982, c. 435.]