§ 7. Mr. Hodgson
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have taken advantage of the employment transfer scheme to find employment.
§ Mr. John Grant
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that from the time the employment transfer scheme was introduced on 5th April 1972, up to 31st March 1977, 80,687 people were assisted under the scheme to take up employment. This figure does not include transfers which took place during the quarter ended 31st December 1976, for which statistics are not available.
§ Mr. Hodgson
What proportion of those originally accepted under the employment transfer scheme were unable to 212 take up their new employment because they could not make a council house transfer from one area to another? What will the Minister do to remedy that defect in the scheme?
§ Mr. Wigley
Can the Minister confirm that the Government have not changed their policy of not moving people from areas of high unemployment to other areas to look for work as a permanent solution? Is he aware that this idea has been given credence particularly with the abolition of regional employment premium and yesterday caused considerable consternation at the meeting of Welsh district councils?
§ Mr. Corbett
Will my hon. Friend be slightly less complacent about the difficulties of those who take advantage of the sensible transfer scheme and then have to leave their families in areas of high unemployment while they try to find housing? May we have an assurance that he or the Secretary of State will initiate discussions with the Secretary of State for the Environment, the development corporations and the Commission for the New Towns to encourage them to give priority in areas of long-term high unemployment to people who have been unemployed for perhaps 14 months or two years when they obtain local jobs?