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Full Employment

Volume 621: debated on Tuesday 30 January 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment's statement (in the

Observer of 14 January) that "our intention now is to make full employment a reality", how far this statement rests on plans to reduce the number of workless and how far on plans to reduce the proportion of the workless who are classified as unemployed. [HL371]

Our intention to make full employment a reality rests both on plans to reduce the number of workless people by helping them to get and keep a job and maintaining the economic stability which gives businesses the confidence to expand and create more jobs. The Government's ambition is to achieve a higher percentage of people in employment than ever before.Our plans involve reducing the number of workless people, both unemployed and economically inactive, by bringing those who are at a disadvantage back into the active labour force and from there into a job.