§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what are his policies to ensure that the over-40s age group can find employment. 
§ Mr. Redwood
The Government's policies are aimed at creating the right macro-economic and micro-economic conditions for success: low inflation; sound public finances; markets that work properly; and a minimal regulatory and tax burden on business. The recipe is promoting sustained economic growth and higher living standards, from which all age groups will benefit.
The Government is aware of the problems faced by older unemployed people and is keen to encourage employers to make full use of the skills and experience they have to offer. At the end of 1993, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Employment launched the "Getting On" campaign, aimed at persuading employers to retain and recruit employees on the basis of ability rather than age.
However, it is never too late to learn a new skill and this is becoming an increasingly more significant part of people's working lives. "People and Prosperity—An Agenda for Action in Wales" stresses the importance of lifelong learning. It sets out the action that is needed to help adults gain information on, and access to, education and training opportunities.