Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Training Programmes on 3rd November 1986.
Mr. Ron Davies Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if attendance on or completion of a course relating to the Government’s restart programme or the proposed six-month training programme for the long-term unemployed under 25 years will affect entitlement to supplementary benefit, and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major [pursuant to his reply, 23 October, c. 984]: Attendance on or completion of a restart course does not affect entitlement to supplementary benefit. The new six-month training course will be experimental and will be run on a pilot basis in nine areas. As participation during these pilots will be voluntary, benefit sanctions will not apply to persons who do not accept offers or who leave courses prematurely.