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Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General how many staff are currently employed by jobcentres, for each Manpower Services Commission region; and how many staff, by region, are planned for 1987–88, 1988–89 and 1989–90.

The information is not available in the precise form requested. Statistics on the allocation of staff are maintained by programme other than location. In March 1987 there will be 9,835 people employed, nationally, mainly in jobcentres, on programmes which cover the principal jobcentre activities, including helping long-term unemployed people through job clubs and the restart programme. The comparable planning figure for 1988 and 1989 is 10,318 in each year.Figures for the total number of staff allocated, by programme, to individual regions of Manpower Services Commission employment and enterprise group are available for 1987 and 1988 but will take some time to extract. I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as I have the information and will place a copy of my letter in the Library.