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Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what additional action he plans to take to assist those who are unemployed and aged over 50 years.

We have already announced plans to offer help back to work for nearly a million unemployed people in 1992–93 through our employment and training programmes. This includes increased opportunities through employment action, our new temporary work programme, and extra support for jobclubs and the job interview guarantee. All these programmes are open to people aged over 50.


To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he next intends to meet the TUC to discuss unemployment.

I have discussed various matters with the TUC on a number of occasions including at the National Economic Development Council. The next meeting of the Council will be on 1 April.