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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 31st January 2013.

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Photo of Jonathan Reynolds Jonathan Reynolds Labour, Stalybridge and Hyde 10:31 am, 31st January 2013

May we have a debate about the support offered to people, particularly those in skilled and technical jobs, when they face the prospect of unemployment? This week Total Petrochemicals in Stalybridge announced that it had entered into consultation with its work force on the future of the factory, due to tough trading conditions in the polystyrene market. Does the Leader of the House agree that at times like this it is incredibly important to ensure that we offer employees as much targeted support as possible to safeguard as many jobs as possible or help with the transition to new employment opportunities?