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Mr Gardham, St Helens

Volume 983: debated on Tuesday 29 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the insurance officer continues to force Mr. Gardham, of 127 Forest Road, St. Helens, to sign the register for employment while still suffering from a severe cardiac disease, and bedfast as a result of further heart attacks; and what is the name of the officer.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my reply to him on 26 February 1980.—[Vol. 979, c. 1127–8.] Since 5 March this year, Mr. Gardham has claimed and received unemployment benefit for which a condition of entitlement is registration for employment. However, in view of the suggestion that Mr. Gardham's position has deteriorated, the Department's regional medical service has been asked for a further opinion on his fitness for work.