§ Mr. McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received regarding the safety of his Department's staff dealing with unemployment benefit claims, income support and the proposed jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Miss Widdecombe
[holding answer 27 January 1995]: Representations on this issue have been made to the Employment Service central health committee, by its trade union members. Their views are being taken into account in a generic risk assessment of the effect of the proposed introduction of a jobseeker's allowance on the safety of people working in Employment Service local offices.