Jobs and Social Security

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 28th November 2012.

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Photo of Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 4:46 pm, 28th November 2012

Yet again, the right hon. Gentleman has defeated the first point that he made. In other words, the figures that he has produced in the motion are wrong and he has just proved it. [Interruption.] If he wants to listen, he might learn something. No wonder he ended up as the man who told us there was no money left—with his kind of arithmetic, I am surprised that there was anything left at all. The reality is that in a year—if we want six-month referrals—a number of people will not have been in the programme for six months. So 315,000 people—[Interruption.] I am simply saying to him that the reality exists. This programme is on track; it is the best programme; and it will be putting some of the most difficult people back into work. Let me just deal with another point, which is the one about unemployment.