HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 cc124-5W
73. Mr. Holt

asked the Paymaster General what new proposals are being considered to assist in the mobility of labour from areas of high unemployment to others where unfilled vacancies exist; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alan Clark

The Manpower Services Commission will shortly be considering proposals for recasting its schemes to assist unemployed people to attend job interviews at some distance from their homes, and those moving home to take jobs in other areas for which local labour is not available. These revised arrangements, which are being tested in certain parts of the country at present, are designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and comprehensibility of the schemes.

The commission is also considering how its arrangements for helping unemployed people find out about job opportunities in other areas can be improved.