HC Deb 07 July 1983 vol 45 c401
15. Mr. Janner

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will take steps to assess the effect of fiscal measures on the level of employment before such measures are implemented.

Mr. Peter Rees

We have done so and will continue to do so.

Mr. Janner

Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman's answer mean that before a fiscal measure is implemented there are consultations between the Exchequer and the Department of Employment as to the effect of such a measure upon employment? The Select Committee on Employment understood that that was not the case.

Mr. Rees

The Treasury is careful to consider all implications and takes into account the impact on employment of the measures that we propose to implement.

Mr. Latham

In assessing fiscal or other measures, will my right hon. and learned Friend consider carefully the job release scheme to see whether it could be extended and improved, in the interests of reducing unemployment?

Mr. Rees

I take note of my hon. Friend's remarks, but that is not a matter for me.