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Unemployment Benefits (Adjudication)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time between a claimant's referral for adjudication and an adjudication officer's decision on grounds of actively seeking work, by standard regions in Great Britain.

The information requested is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average length of time between a claimant's referral for adjudication and an adjudication officer's decision on grounds of refusal of employment by standard Great Britain regions.

Information is not available in the precise form requested. However, the speed with which adjudication officers make decisions—that is, the time between their receiving a referral and reaching a decision—is monitored in a 5 per cent. sample of cases. The sample shows that for the three-month period ending 30 September 1989, the percentage of refusal of employment questions decided within four weeks of referral to an adjudication officer, for each employment service region, was as follows:

Refusal of employment
per cent.
Northern100
Yorkshire and Humberside73
East Midlands65
Eastern94
Southern73
Western75
West Midlands92
SouthWest72
Wales100
North West81
Scotland71