§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many job splits have been achieved under the job-splitting scheme in the Portsmouth area; and how these figures compare with his Department's original expectations.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
No estimates of the likely use of the scheme have been made on an area basis. Take-up overall has been disappointing but changes were made to the scheme from 1 April 1985 for instance, employers can now qualify for the £840 grant for providing two new part-time jobs for those leaving the youth training scheme, the community programme or certain other of our schemes. Many employers already recognise the value of flexible working arrangements and the improved job splitting scheme can help them realise the benefits.