§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Paymaster General how many people living in Ipswich have been refused benefit after being interviewed by his officials under the availability for work test.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The information is not available in the form asked for. The improved procedures, which are designed to ensure that benefits are paid only to claimants who satisfy the long-standing legal requirement of being available for work, were introduced into the Ipswich unemployment benefit offices, which include the part-time offices at Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Leistone, on 19 November 1986. By 26 December 1986, the latest date for which information is available, 12 claimants have been disallowed benefit by the independent adjudicating authorities because they were not available for work.