Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin and Harpenden) (Con): Given that there are now 400,000 more jobs in the economy, the bulk of which have been taken by people who, by and large, are not eligible for benefits, because they are workers from abroad, might not loss of entitlement to benefit-for good cause-spur some people to get jobs and thus result in more jobs going to British people?

    Chris Grayling: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. I have made it clear that I would like employers in this country to offer opportunities to local workers, but those workers need to be there-they need to be keen, energetic and wanting that work. I hope and expect that our Work programme providers will provide that energisation.