HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 cc880-1W
Mr. Andrew Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current success rate on the restart programme; and how many people find full-time permanent jobs within one month of their restart interview (a) nationally and (b) in Oxfordshire.

Mr. Cope

Between 9 April and 25 September 1987, 1,406,859 people had been called for a restart interview, of whom 1,021,700 had been interviewed.

The aim of restart interviews is to help unemployed people into employment by selecting the best way open to them from the wide range of employment, training and job search opportunities available. Around nine out of 10 of those interviewed are made offers that might lead to employment, and 70 per cent. of those interviewed agreed at their restart interview to pursue the offer made to them. We do not know how many ultimately went into full-time employment.

Between 9 April and 25 September 1987, 15,331 people in the Berks. and Oxon. area had been called for an interview, of whom 10,811 had been interviewed. Seventy-one per cent. of the people interviewed agreed to pursue the offer made to them at their restart interview.

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