To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement on the progress of the restart interview programme.
Since April this year some 1·3 million people have been interviewed under the restart programme. A total of 2·6 million people have been interviewed since the start of the programme in July 1986.Since the programme began, a positive offer that might lead to employment has been made to nine out of ten of those interviewed. As from April next year, we shall be issuing a questionnaire to all those invited for their restart interview both to enhance the effectiveness of the restart process and to help establish that those interviewed remain available for work.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of offers of training are taken up by those interviewed on the restart programme.
Since the national introduction of the restart programme, 331,000 people have received offers of training during restart interviews.We do not know how many of those interviewed are ultimately placed on a training programme.