HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 cc175-6W
Mr. Rooney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if a participant in the employment option of New Deal for 18 to 24 year olds will have a good cause for leaving if the employer fails to comply with the employer agreement. [25563]

Mr. Andrew Smith

[holding answer 26 January 1998]: We have put into place procedures to ensure that employers do comply with the terms of the agreement. They will be monitored, and, where the terms and conditions of the Employer Agreement are not being met, the New Deal caseworker will intervene and attempt to resolve the situation.

If a person leaves a New Deal option, the Adjudication Officer will take all circumstances into account in deciding whether the person had good cause. In doing this, they can call upon evidence from the caseworker.

findings of the Strathclyde Report on Wholesale Markets; and what current help his Ministry is giving to assist with the implementation of its principal findings. [28544]

Dr. John Cunningham

[holding answer 9 February 1998]: The Government accept the recommendations in the Strathclyde Report. However it is for those directly involved to make their decisions in the light of the Strathclyde Report and their own commercial assessment. My Department is ready to consider ways in which we can assist the process.