HC Deb 22 July 1986 vol 102 c181W
81. Mr. Lord

asked the Paymaster General what assessment he makes of the scope, now that the United Kingdom has the presidency of the European Community, for European co-operation in tackling unemployment.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I think that there are now better prospects for European co-operation in tackling unemployment than there have been at any time since we became a member of the European Community. Following the meeting of the Council of Labour and Social Affairs Ministers on 5 June, at which I tabled the paper "Employment Growth into the 1990s—A strategy for the Labour Market" in conjunction with the Employment Ministers of Italy and the Republic of Ireland. I consider that there is now a substantial prospect of the Council adopting an employment strategy along the lines of the paper during the United Kingdom Presidency. Our aim is that such a strategy should be based on the need to encourage enterprise and self-employment; flexible employment patterns and conditions of work; training; and help for long-term unemployed people.

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