HC Deb 21 July 1982 vol 28 c166W
Mr. Home Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will undertake consultations with hon. Members, local authorities, trades unions and other interested bodies about the review of rural jobcentres, which is recommended in the Rayner report on general employment services.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The Manpower Services Commission is currently considering the report it published last month and on which it invited comments from interested organisations and individuals. It will be reporting its conclusions to Ministers. If the review team's recommendation that a number of jobcentres should be reviewed between now and 1983–84 is accepted I am sure that, in accordance with past practice, the commission will ensure that there is adequate opportunity for those concerned in the localities affected to have their say before decisions are taken on the future of individual offices.