§ Mr. Blunkett
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many of those who applied for access to work before 18 December, but have not yet had their applications processed, will have their applications considered under the criteria used when they applied. 
§ Mr. Forth
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.226W
Letter from Mike Fogden to Mr. David Blunkett, dated 6 March 1996:The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about how people who applied for Access to Work before 18 December will have their applications considered.The Secretary of State's announcement said that we would meet existing commitments. Thus everyone who made an application for Access to Work before 18 December will have had their applications considered under the criteria used when they applied.
I hope this is helpful.