Mr. Wm. Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications he has received in the current financial year and in the same period in 1977–78 for payments made under the employment transfer scheme; how many applications were successful and how many refused; in each case, how many payments and refusals were in respect of school leavers or others starting their first job; what were the reasons for refusals; and how many refusals were for late application.
§ Mr. Concannon,
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 11th December 1978; Vol. 960, c. 84],gave the following information:225W
Apart from late applications, there were 20 grounds for rejection in column (a) above and 25 in column (b)—that is to say, these were cases where the con-
4th April to 31st October1977 3rd April to 31st October 1978 Grounds for Rejection Not unemployed when application made 95 134 Not using public transport or own car 18 8 Not beyond daily travelling distance 70 132 Residence condition not satisfied 76 81 Student 9 33 In Building and Civil Engineering employment and not moving home to new area 39 46 Expenses and/or accommodation paid by employer 45 51 Transport provided by employer 9 7 Transferred within employers' service 22 21 Above salary scale limit 8 13 Failure to commence employment 7 2 Unsuccessful job interview 3 — Already in receipt of allowance 5 5 Not transferring to take up employment 2 4 Type of employment not eligible for assistance 9 15 Employment not available in new area 1 — Forms not returned 13 3 New job did not provide full-time employment 8 14 Resigned last job voluntarily 6 1 No contract of employment 1 1 Applied after starting work — 1 Suitable employment in home area — 2 Living in home area — 8 Became self employed — 1 Job found to be in area of residence — 1 Outside Western Europe — 1 Not maintaining home or dependants — 1 Late applications 101 331 Total 547 917