[un-allotted half day] — Unemployment

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 3:45 pm, 14th December 2011

I do not doubt either the right hon. Gentleman’s sincerity or the fact that he believes the figures that he has been given, but let me tell him that they are simply misleading. What used to happen is that after a young person on jobseeker’s allowance had gone on a scheme, the clock would start ticking as though it were day one, which meant that they had disappeared from the long-term youth unemployment figures. The right hon. Gentleman is comparing figures that exclude those young people with those that include them, so the rise that he describes has not happened in the way that he believes.