HC Deb 20 July 1970 vol 804 c10W
83. Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what criteria are currently used to determine whether the four-week rule shall apply in any given area; and what changes have been made in these criteria since the rule was first introduced in July, 1968.

Mr. Dean

The rule operates where in the view of the Department of Employment and Productivity there are good employment prospects for men seeking unskilled work. There have been no changes in the criteria for selecting areas.