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Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if, pursuant to his answers of 9 November, Official Report, columns 49–50, relating to unemployment benefit and vacancies; he will institute the collection and collation of information regarding vacancies and applicants for unemployment benefit, in order to identify those claimants available for work in occupations for which vacancies exist.

The basic objective of the recent merger between the unemployment benefit service and the jobcentre service is to bring together the work of both

strengthened, and further safeguards are being explored for inclusion in the arrangements when these are renewed in 1988.