§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what research has been commissioned to study the effect on claimants of the new availability for work tests.
§ Mr. Eggar
Unemployed claimants have always had to be available for work. Under the Social Security Act 1989 209W they also have to seek employment actively in each week for which they claim. We shall be monitoring the effects of this change. At this stage no research has been commissioned.