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Baroness Williams of Crosby: Before we conclude this short discussion I ask the Minister to consider two matters. First, will he consider making certain that some kind of written indication is given to those young people who come onto the employment market who will not be familiar with the actively-seeking work clause and its implications for benefit should they fail to meet it? To us it is a really serious consideration.

Secondly, I ask him to consider—I am not asking the Minister to reply right now—whether jobseeker's agreements can say on the face of the agreement, which will be a written agreement signed by both the employment officer and the claimant, specifically what will happen if these conditions are not met, and that there is a possibility that benefit will be withdrawn in those circumstances. In that event every jobseeker who signs an

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agreement will be aware of the implications if he does not satisfy those conditions: he may lose benefit and in any event he will lose benefit until such time as the adjudication takes place. I ask the Minister to consider that before we reach Third Reading. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

[Amendment No. 51, as an amendment to Amendment No. 4, by leave, withdrawn.]

Lord Swinfen: Am I allowed to ask a question at this stage? I want to know how far it is intended that we go on Monday on Report stage because some of us may wish to put down amendments to this particular clause. I understand that we have Report stage on Monday.

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: I would like to be helpful to my noble friend, but that is a matter for the usual channels. I do not know how far they have got in their discussions as to how far we might get on Monday evening.

On Question, Amendment No. 4 agreed to.

Clause 6, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 6A agreed to.

Clause 6B agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with an amendment in respect of Clause 6.

        House adjourned at five minutes before eleven o'clock.


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