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Demographic Changes

Volume 181: debated on Friday 23 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list the members of the interdepartmental working group set up to consider ways of alleviating the effects of forecast demographic change to the work force in the 1990s;(2) if he will publish the recommendations made by the working group set up to consider ways of alleviating the effects of the forecast demographic change to the work force in the 1990s.

An ad-hoc interdepartmental working group of officials was set up in 1987 to consider the implications of the decline in the number of young people entering the labour market. The working group consisted of officials from the Department of Employment, which chaired the group, the Department of Education and Science, the Manpower Services Commission, the Department of Health and Social Security, the Manpower and Personnel Office and the Ministry of Defence.The working group's findings were summarised in an article entitled "New Entrants to the Labour Market in the 1990s", which was published in the May 1988 edition of

Employment Gazette, and in chapter 1 of the Government White Paper "Employment for the 1990s" (Cm 540).