To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people he estimates will have retired under the job release scheme in 1987.
From January to November 1987 inclusive, 10,155 people have retired under the job release scheme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received regarding the proposed ending of the job release scheme in January 1988.
My hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Mr. Bowis) and the hon. Member for Bradford, West (Mr. Madden) have both raised questions on this subject. I refer the hon. Member to my replies on 4 November, at column 726, and on 2 December, at column 601. To date, 24 hon. Members have written with representations from their constituents.