HC Deb 01 May 1984 vol 59 cc93-4W
39. Mr. Haselhurst

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in considering changes in the employment service, he will take account of the difficulties of access of people in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Morrison

As my hon. Friend will know, the Manpower Services Commission has recently approved in principle a strategy for the future development of the employment service. The proposals involve little change to the service in rural areas, and jobcentres in those areas would continue to provide the services they do at present to the local community. There would also be some increase in the number of jobcentre outlets.