Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 20th October 2008.

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Photo of James Purnell James Purnell Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2:30 pm, 20th October 2008

I am pretty sure the rate has fallen in the hon. Gentleman's area. There are 3 million people more in work than there were in 1997. We have reduced the number of people on jobseeker's allowance from 1.6 million to 900,000. That is in clear contrast to unemployment reaching 3 million under the Government whom he supported.

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Raymond Bray
Posted on 21 Oct 2008 1:15 pm (Report this annotation)

What I think this government has done is re-arrange the figures to look as good as possible. This has been the way with all government issued figures. It is all smoke and mirrors.
We have seen so much spin from this government over these years in office that it has now got to the point whereby any issued figures are unbelievable due to their past record.
In other words we do not trust you. We have been misled too often.