§ Miss Geraldine Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what discretion the Employment Service has to help with travel costs for interviews for people who have been unemployed for less than 13 weeks. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
Employment Service Business Managers have the discretion to ignore short breaks in the 13 week unemployed qualifying period for access to the Travel to Interview Scheme (TIS). The Employment Service may also offer immediate access to the Scheme for victims of designated large redundancies.