§ Lord Acton
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have a specific target rate of unemployment for the United Kingdom according to the International Labour Organisation definitions.
§ The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)
No. The Government's aim is a high and stable level of employment, to be achieved by running a successful, low-inflation economy, with macro-economic stability as a platform for sustainable growth, and, by enhancing skills and improving the operation of the labour market, to open up job opportunities to all groups in society.