HC Deb 25 February 1971 vol 812 cc204-5W
53. Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement on the policy of his Department for investigating the level of job availability for categories of unemployed workers to whom the workshy rules are applied.

Mr. Dudley Smith

No special investigations are made for this purpose. Nor is the level of job availability precisely defined in terms of registered unemployed or notified vacancies. My Department's officers judge the matter by their overall knowledge of what is happening in the local labour market. Where, in their opinion, there are good prospects for men seeking unskilled work they advise the Department of Health and Social Security accordingly.