§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy to count imprisonment as unemployment for the purpose of restart interviews.
§ Mr. Lee
On release from prison ex-offenders are offered an in-depth interview at a jobcentre without having to wait six months for a restart interview. The interview provides an opportunity to discuss ways back into employment comparable to that offered by a restart interview. Periods of imprisonment count towards the unemployment requirement of current Manpower Services Commission programmes designed to help long-term unemployed people, for example, the community programme and the new job training scheme.