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Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will state, when selecting Workington as a core travel-to-work area, what wards were (a) in stage

schemes and special employment measure for disabled people; what expenditure was incurred through the Manpower Services Commission; what was the average number of disabled people participating in the scheme for each year since 1972; and what is the estimated expenditure for 1984–85.

The information requested is set out in the table below. All the expenditure is administered bythe Manpower Services Commission2 grouped to form job foci,

(b) in stage 3 grouped round the foci and what foci were grouped together to form proto travel-to-work areas, (c) added to the proto travel-to-work areas in stage 4 and (d) in stage 5 allocated to the remaining area with which they had the closest community link.

The review of travel-to-work areas conducted last year identified two job foci in the Workington travel-to-work area. These were

  • (i) the Aspatria ward of Allerdale, and
  • (ii) the Castle, Dalton, Netherhall, Northside, St. Michael's, Stainburn, and Westfield wards of Allerdale.
  • The next stage added the Ellen ward to the first of these areas and the wards of Moorclose, St. John's, and Seaton Moor to the second.Stage four of the algorithm used in the review added Tarns ward to the first of these areas and the wards of Ellenborough, All Saints, Ewanrigg, Harrington, Salterbeck, Broughton, Flimby, St. Bridget's, Dearham, Clifton, and Crummock, together with the Distington ward of Copeland, to the second area.

    The fifth stage resulted in the joining of these two areas to form the Workington travel-to-work area.