HC Deb 17 February 1986 vol 92 cc19-20W
Mr. Gale

asked the Paymaster General if he will list the current functions of the regional directors, Department of Employment.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Under an agency agreement made between the Secretary of State for Employment and the Manpower Services Commission the Commission's Training Division regional directors act as the Secretary of State for Employment's representatives in their regions. They carry out a range of functions on his behalf, including: the management of the new regional enterprise units recently set up within the Department; collating and providing information on manpower matters and advice relating to such matters; collecting and collating unemployment and vacancy statistics, and providing unemployment benefit offices with information regarding industrial disputes; issuing monthly regional press notices relating to unemployment and vacancy statistics; and handling enquiries from the press relating to their issue.