HC Deb 08 July 1985 vol 82 c356W
Mr. Hume

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if Her Majesty's Government will make arrangements to allow young unemployed people who go abroad on a youth service scheme to claim benefit again, on their return, without having to make a full fresh claim; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chris Patten

There is a statutory requirement that persons wishing to receive benefit should make a claim and, in the absence of evidence that the existing arrangements are not satisfactory, it would be inappropriate to modify them in the circumstances mentioned.

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