§ 30. Mr. Pickles
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what assessment he has made of the impact of the Government's labour market reforms on levels of unemployment in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
Claimant unemployment in the United Kingdom has fallen by 582,000 since its peak in December 1992 and is now well below the EC average. I believe that Government policies to improve the operation of the labour market have been an important factor.