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Community Work Schemes

Volume 21: debated on Tuesday 30 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what interest has so far been shown by voluntary and other groups in the proposals for the introduction of community work schemes.

I assume that my hon. Friend is referring to the statement made by my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget speech on 9 March.—[Vol. 19, c. 732].There have been some comments on the announcement. However, the precise shape of the scheme cannot be known until the Manpower Services Commission has been able to respond to my right hon. Friend's request to work out detailed proposals.