§ Miss Maynard
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what financial assistance he will give to the 250 workers at Middlebrook Mushrooms, Cromer, Norfolk, who will be made redundant in November this year.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
My Department can give financial assistance under the temporary short-time working compensation scheme when there are potential redundancies. Under this scheme, employers who are willing to put their workers on short-time working as an alternative to redundancy and pay them 75 per cent. of their normal pay for each day's work lost, may be compensated for those payments, and for the employers' related national insurance contributions.