§ 18. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement on the progress of the restart interview programme.
§ Mr. Lee
Since April this year some 1.3 million people have been interviewed under the restart programme. A total of 2.6 million people have been interviewed since the start of the programme in July 1986.
Since the programme began, a positive offer that might lead to employment has been made to nine out of ten of those interviewed. As from April next year, we shall be issuing a questionnaire to all those invited for their restart interview both to enhance the effectiveness of the restart process and to help establish that those interviewed remain available for work.