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Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General how many people have been called for interview under restart to date; and what percentage have gone on to receive full-time employment as a result.

By 9 April 1,572,242 people had been called for a Restart interview, of whom 1,285,097 have already attended. We have no means of knowing precisely what proportion have gone on to full time employment as a result. These interviews aim at the selection of the best course open to the individual person from the wide range of employment, training and job-search opportunities available to help that individual return to employment. Of people interviewed, 73 per cent. agreed to pursue the offer made to them at their restart interview.