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Work and Pensions

Volume 638: debated on Wednesday 28 March 2018

Welfare Reform and Work Act

The following is an extract from a Westminster Hall debate on the Welfare Reform and Work Act on 21 March 2018.

The employment rate for women stands at 70.9%, which is also a record high. Unemployment is down to the joint lowest level since 1975, and 876,000 vacancies are open to people in search of employment, which is also close to a record high. [Official Report, 21 March 2018, Vol. 638, c. 151WH.]

Letter of correction from Kit Malthouse:

An error has been identified in my speech.

The correct response should have been:

The employment rate for women stands at 70.9%, which is also a record high. Unemployment is down to the joint lowest level since 1975, and 816,000 vacancies are open to people in search of employment, which is also close to a record high.