§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give reasons for the decision to increase the age of eligibility for the job release scheme from 62 to 64 years of age for men.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
These changes were first announced on 13 April 1983, at columns 430–31, and came into effect from 1 April 1984. We have made it clear on many occasions that the employment measures are reviewed regularly and changes made whenever necessary to ensure the most efficient and effective use of available resources.