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Stuc (Unemployment)

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when the Scottish Trades Union Congress unemployment standing commission formally requested a meeting with him; and how many formal requests for meetings he has received from it over the period from 8 December 1980 to 8 December 1981;(2) what correspondence he has received from the Scottish Trades Union Congress conference on unemployment standing commission since 8 December 1980; and on what dates each piece of correspondence was sent to him;(3) what representations on policy he has received from the Scottish Trades Union Congress convention on unemployment standing commission; and what replies he has sent.

My right hon. Friend indicated to the General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, following an informal approach in May 1981, that he would be happy to meet the standing commission to discuss proposals for combatting unemployment once the commission were in a position to do so. He remains ready for a discussion and, while to date he has not received any correspondence or representations on policy from the commission, he understands that they are about to submit a formal request for a meeting.