HC Deb 25 February 1991 vol 186 c368W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number and proportion of the Leeds work force in(a) the service sector and (b) the manufacturing sector in each year from 1979 to 1990.

Mr. Jackson

Employment estimates for local areas are compiled only when censuses of employment are taken. They cover employees in employment only and exclude then self-employed and also members of Her Majesty's forces.

The available information from censuses of employment taken in 1981, 1984 and 1987 is given in the table.

Mr. Jackson

No; since the two serve different purposes. The 21-hour rule enables unemployed income support claimants to follow part-time education courses for up to 21 hours a week while continuing to receive benefit. Restart courses are short-term courses designed to help longer-term unemployed people to build confidence and motivation and plan their way back to work. Many claimants who take up educational opportunities under the 21-hour rule can also benefit from a Restart course. People who are studying under the 21-hour rule can normally attend Restart courses without disruption to their studies, for example, during vacations.

Mr. Harry Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentages of those on compulsory Restart courses obtain employment at their conclusion.

Mr. Jackson

Questions on operational matters in the Employment Service Executive Agency are the responsibility of Mike Fogden, the agency's chief executive, to whom I have referred this question for reply.