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Schedule 23 — Air passenger duty

Part of “Group 12 — Caravans – in the House of Commons at 10:43 pm on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central 10:43 pm, 3rd July 2012

I speak to people in my constituency all the time, and they tell me just how hard it is to find jobs. I have employed somebody who was on the future jobs fund, and they have been extremely successful, but people who have been out of work for more than six months, whether they have left school, college or graduated from university, find it almost impossible to get jobs.

The reality is that, in this situation, just as in previous decades under previous Conservative Governments, employers are already turning to people who have just left school or college or just graduated; they are not looking at people who have been out of work for a long period. The depressing reality is that we will see another generation of young people consigned to the scrapheap unless this Government take the action that the Labour party proposes in repeating the bankers’ bonus tax.