asked the Paymaster General if, in the light of the undertaking given by the Bridge Agency to Mr. Mike Bendall of East Hartley, Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, that his employment as a community programme worker in the Action Van project, Totnes, was secure until August 1987, and of the statement by officials in his Department that every field placement initiated by the Bridge Agency would be honoured by the Community Rural Agency which has replaced it, he will instruct the Manpower Services Commission to reconsider its termination of Mr. Bendall's employment on 1 May 1987.
Community programme participants are normally employed for up to one year, although in special circumstances this may be extended. Mr. Bendall has already benefited from over two years employment on the Action Van project. He was informed in January 1987 by the Bridge Agency that his particular post would not be continued when the project was renewed from May 1987. This remains the position.