§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what employer recruitment subsidies have been put in place to support those made redundant from Corns in(a) Wales and (b) the UK as a whole. 350W
§ Ms Hewitt
None. Redundant Corus workers, in Wales and the UK as a whole, were offered help to find new employment through the Job Transition Service (now called the Rapid Response Service) which is designed to match worker's skills to local job vacancies. In some circumstances, where the eligibility criteria are met, newly redundant workers have early entry to the national new deal programme that offers a wide range of options, including employer subsidies—designed to encourage the employment of the long term unemployed.