§ Mr. Hicks
asked the Paymaster General if he will state the specific measures that his Department has taken to alleviate the adverse economic and general effects for the 16W Plymouth travel-to-work area resulting from the projected job reductions at Her Majesty's dockyard, Devonport; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lee
The local jobcentre manager is in contact with management at the dockyard and anyone facing redundancy will be eligible for the full range of help and assistance available to them through our Action for Jobs programme. This includes job placing services, information about jobs available locally and in other districts; advice on a wide range of employment matters and Manpower Services Commission schemes; and advice on and assistance with training and retraining. Until the new management, Brown and Root, has taken control on 6 April 1987, any estimates of likely redundancies or their timing must be purely speculative.