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Employment Service

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) whether his Department's report into the attractiveness of employment credit schemes for the long-term unemployed is to be published; and if he will make a statement on its findings;(2) if he will list the number of unemployed claimants whose unemployment benefit or income support has been suspended arising from doubts about their availability for

work in the six months prior to the enactment of the Social Security Act 1989 and, in the subsequent six months, the numbers of suspensions, and the proportion of suspensions upheld by subsequent adjudication, arising from doubts about whether the claimant is actively seeking work for

(a) Great Britain, (b) the south-west region and (c) Avon.

The Employment Service became an executive agency on 2 April 1990. Mr. Mike Fogden, the Employment Service chief executive, will be replying in writing to the hon. Lady.