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Full Employment Agency: Scotland

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 27 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the proposed Full Employment Agency in Scotland. (144217)

We have set ourselves a long-term aim of achieving a UK employment rate equivalent to 80 per cent. of the working age population. Good progress has been made in Scotland, which currently has an employment rate of 76.5 per cent.; above the UK average of 74.3 per cent. The Department will continue to work closely with all agencies in Scotland to extend employment opportunity even more widely.

There are no current plans for a Full Employment Agency in Scotland.