§ Mr. Radice
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he will take to ensure that there are adequate facilities for men seeking work in Penistone.
§ Mr. Golding
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that in normal circumstances facilities for job seekers seeking work in Penistone are met by the jobcentre at Barnsley. However, in cases of major redundancies the MSC will send special teams into firms to interview the workers. In early June, for example, a team visited the Penistone foundry of David Brown Gear Industries Ltd., interviewed some of the existing employees, mounted a vacancy display in the factory, arranged for a few workers to be submitted to other jobs and gave preliminary advice about the training available through the training opportunities programme. Plans were made for the team to visit the firm on two days for each of three consecutive weeks, but these plans were suspended while further discussion took place about the future of the redundancy.
The MSC's employment service division will, however, be ready to provide any further special provision as the need arises.