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Volume 79: debated on Thursday 16 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report all the different types of licences operated or granted by his Department and the year in which they first came into operation.

This Department has been responsible for issuing licences for employment agencies and employment businesses since 1976.

At an early stage in the follow-up programme the Manpower Services Commission contracted an independent research organisation to conduct an interview survey of non-respondents. This showed that non-respondents to the postal survey were no different from respondents in their likelihood of being either unemployed or in jobs. Hence, I am satisfied that the existing arrangements for establishing the destinations of young people leaving the youth training scheme provide the best available information.