HC Deb 04 November 1999 vol 337 c274W
12. Mr. Hepburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to provide special assistance to employees of Onwa Ltd. in Jarrow. [95834]

Mr. Caborn

I have no such plans as it is not the responsibility of my Department to provide assistance to employees in such cases.

However, I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment that his Department has designated the closure as a large scale redundancy, and that all employees will be eligible for immediate entry to the Department's work-based learning for adults programme. I also understand that his Department is considering a rapid response fund assistance package of up to £153,000, which will provide further help to the Onwa workers in obtaining retraining.