§ Mr. Pike
asked the Paymaster General (1) how many vacancies exist by industrial classification in (a) the northwest and (b) Lancashire;
(2) what is the total number of vacancies by industrial classification currently known at his offices in (a) the Burnley constituency, (b) the Pendle constituency, (c) the Hyndburn constituency and (d) the Rossendale constituency.
§ Mr. Lang
The following information is in the Library. The table shows the number of unfilled vacancies at jobcentres in the north-west region and in Lancashire as at 2 May 1986, analysed by the 1980 standard industrial classification. The table also gives figures for those jobcentres which cover areas closely corresponding to the parliamentary constituencies requested.
monitored for the purposes of eligibility for unemployment benefit, if in receipt of such benefit; and if he will make a statement;
(2) whether the attendance of a person offered a place on any of the education courses available under the Government's restart programme will be monitored for the purposes of eligibility for unemployment benefit, if in receipt of such benefit; and if he will make a statement.653W
§ Mr. Lang
Consideration of disqualification from receiving unemployment benefit for up to six weeks is considered where the Manpower Services Commission reports to the unemployment benefit service that a person interviewed by jobcentre staff (under restart or otherwise) has without good cause refused an opportunity of a suitable job or training approved by the Secretary of State. Those who decline places on the voluntary projects programme, the wider opportunities programme or education courses, and also the restart course itself, are not so reported.