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Labour Market

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what measures he intends to take to improve the workings of the British labour market.

The aim of the Department is to support economic growth by promoting a competitive, efficient and flexible labour market. We have already taken steps to achieve this through step-by-step reforms of industrial relations and trade union law, through deregulation to reduce burdens on business and increase choice and opportunities for individuals, by encouraging training and enterprise, and by helping and requiring unemployed people actively to seek work. We need to maintain these policies if United Kingdom business is to remain competitive.