§ Mr. Whitney
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will consider a change in the rules of the job release scheme to give employers of job release applicants more time to identify the person they will employ as a replacement worker.
§ Mr. Alison
To help employers who need to carry out lengthy recruitment procedures to identify the unemployed replacement worker they need to employ to replace the job release applicant, my Department will be prepared to consider applications made not more than six months before the projected release date of the applicant. This change will come into effect on 6 April 1983, together with the other changes I announced on 22 December in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Lichfield and Tamworth (Mr. Heddle).—[Vol. 34, c.598–99.].