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Community Work

Volume 22: debated on Friday 23 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is able to enlarge upon the scheme announced in the Budget Statement to give those who have been on the unemployment register for some time the chance to work for the benefit of their own community.

As my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his Budget Statement, my right hon. Friend has asked the Manpower Services Commission to consider how the new scheme should best be run. He wrote to the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission on 9 March and asked him to let him have the Commission's proposals as soon as possible, so that the Government can take firm decisions in the early summer.