HC Deb 18 November 1986 vol 105 c164W
32. Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Paymaster General how many jobclubs are now in operation.

68. Mr. Hirst

asked the Paymaster General how many jobclubs have so far been established; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lee

On 13 November 1986, 276 jobclubs were in operation. Jobclubs have proved to be an extremely effective means of helping people who have been out of work for six months or more. Over 60 per cent. of people currently leaving jobclubs are going into jobs. A further 13 per cent. either find temporary work on the community programme or go on to training courses.

My right hon. and noble Friend has asked the Manpower Services Commission to expand the jobclub network to 1,000 by April 1987 and, if the need continues, to 2,000 by September 1987.