§ 84. Mr. John Browne
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the restart programme.
§ Mr. Lee
By the 29 May nearly 2 million long-term unemployed people had been interviewed under the restart programme.
The Government's intention is that an interview will be offered at six-monthly intervals to everyone who has been unemployed for more than six months.
Since the programme began a positive offer of help to get back to work has been made to nine out of 10 of the unemployed people who have been interviewed.