HC Deb 22 July 1986 vol 102 cc175-6W
31. Mr. Lawler

asked the Paymaster General what progress has been made in extending restart nationwide.

Mr. Lang

Jobcentre staff have now started counselling long-term unemployed people in all areas of the country.

Up to 12 June 7,469 people have been counselled; 998 were submitted to jobs; 1,214 were submitted to community programme places; 65 were submitted to a voluntary projects programme place; 401 were submitted to a jobclub; 901 were referred for training; 1,232 were allocated to restart courses; 471 were offered an opportunity under the enterprise allowance scheme; and 868 were referred to other services.

36. Mr Butterfill

asked the Paymaster General what steps he is taking to ensure that counsellors under the restart scheme are adequately briefed on job opportunities in tourism.

Mr. Lang

Care has been taken to ensure that jobcentre staff counselling the long-term unemployed under the restart scheme have a full knowledge of all opportunities including those in tourism.

They have access to all notified vacancies, current local labour market information and guidance literature to enable submission to be made to jobs or training.