HC Deb 11 March 1981 vol 1000 c327W
Mr. Allan Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take steps to end the practice of jobcentres of requiring unemployed persons to have been unemployed for a minimum period before they can be offered jobs.

Mr. Peter Morrison

Other than vacancies notified to jobcentres under the provisions of the special temporary employment programme, which is designed specifically to provide temporary employment for adults who have been without work for a long time, there is no minimum period of unemployment which job seekers must satisfy before they can be submitted to vacancies.