HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 cc564-5W
52. Mr. Dixon

asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement concerning the success or otherwise of Government schemes to help the unemployed move in order to find jobs.

Mr. Lee

The travel to interview scheme was introduced nationally last June and it helps four or five times as many people with the cost of attending job interviews in other areas as the job search scheme which it replaced.

We abolished the employment transfer and free forward fare schemes last April because neither of them was a cost-effective way of reducing unemployment or of filling vacancies for which suitable long-term unemployed people could not be found locally.