§ Ms. Short
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) whether participants in job interview guarantee work trials will be subject to benefit penalties if(a) they refuse to participate in a work trial employment placement, (b) they leave a work trial placement early, (c) they reject the job at the end of the work trial period, or (d) they are dismissed for whatever reason by the work trial employer; and if he will make a statement;
(2) how many employers have participated in job interview guarantee work trials in each of the 20 pilot areas; how many claimants have participated in these work trials; how many claimants are currently participating in work trials; and how many participants have got full-time employment with their work trial employer;
(3) whether participants in job interview guarantee job preparation courses will be entitled to the same conditions and terms as those claimants attending conventional restart courses; and if he will make a statement;
(4) how many agreements have been made with employers to operate the job interview guarantee scheme in each of the 20 pilot areas; how many unemployed people have taken part in the scheme in each area; and how many participants have secured full-time employment with their sponsoring employer.
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 these questions for reply.