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19. Mr. Philip Oppenheim

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement on the operation of early job release schemes.

Mr. Alan Clark

As my right hon. Friend announced to the House on 12 November 1984, the full-time job release scheme will continue on the present basis for a further year. The part-time job release scheme is being revised to make it more attractive to both employers and employees, and details will be announced shortly.

34. Mr. Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are currently taking advantage of the job release scheme; and what was the comparable figure for each of the past six years.

Mr. Alan Clark

At 2 January 1985, 78,642 people were in receipt of an allowance under the job release schemes.

The comparable January figures requested are as follows:

Job Release Scheme
1984 88,305
1983 76,876
1982 53,878
1981 61,451
1980 57,158
1979 42,871