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Mr. Mellor : We have taken a number of steps to make solvent-based products harder to obtain by young people for the purpose of misuse ; to educate young people about the dangers of misuse ; and to help parents and those who work with young people to respond to the problem. Recent initiatives taken by the Department include funding a series of training seminars for residential care workers ; contributing to the issue of advice to retailers, and the production of a video for parents ; and funding an information officer post at the National Children's bureau.
Mrs. Currie : We are currently funding three local projects on family planning and pregnancy counselling specifically aimed at young people under 25 in three health districts. The projects began last year, are being centrally evaluated, and will continue until March next year. We hope to use the projects to identify principles of good practice which can be commended to the Health Service as a whole.
(2) what schemes his Department is currently operating to encourage nurses to return to nursing.
Employing authorities locally are best placed to judge the opportunity and need for return to nursing campaigns.
Column 132At national level we have helped by part- funding the Department of Health/ Nursing Times "Recruit and Retain" campaign which has covered good practice on return to nursing and by analysing the professional register to identify inactive nurses by place of residence so that properly targeted local campaigns can be run. Next year, we plan to produce publicity and other material for use locally and are currently conducting a survey to identify the most useful types of material.
Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those district health authorities and Scottish health authorities which charge for a refresher course for those nurses wishing to return to nursing and those authorities which run free courses.
Information for Scotland is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.
|Millions --------------------------- 1979 |8.6 1980 |8.8 1981 |8.9 1982 |9.2 1983 |9.6 1984 |10.3 1985 |10.8 1986 |11.1 1987 |11.7
General dental services England and Wales Dental examinations Year |Number --------------------------------- 1979 |26,025,290 1980 |27,428,770 1981 |27,881,370 1982 |28,838,890 1983 |29,336,490 1984 |29,798,070 1985 |30,120,720 1986-87 |30,606,430 1987-88 |30,651,820
Mrs. Currie : This decision was announced in April 1984 by health circular HC(84)10, which set out the agreement between Ministers and regional chairmen on the implementation of the first report of the steering group on Health Services information (Ko"rner).
(2) if he will make it his practice in future to publish available bed figures within six months of their collection.
Mrs. Currie : We publish information about beds in the National Health Service as soon as thorough validation on returns from all authorities has been completed. The available figures for 1987-88 will be published during January.
Mr. Cope : In 1987, the latest year for which figures have been published, the number of VAT-registered businesses in the United Kingdom increased by 45,000, or nearly 900 a week on average. The indications are that the rate of increase during 1988 has been faster.
Mr. Nicholls : Assistance with child care costs of up to £50 per week per child is already available to help all lone parents participating in employment training, the new programme for unemployed adults.
Mr. Fowler : In October 1988 the level of seasonally adjusted unemployment in the United Kingdom was 2,160,200, the lowest for more than seven years. Unemployment has now fallen by 973,000 since July 1986, the longest and largest sustained fall on record.
Mr. Fowler : Between March 1983 and June 1988 the work force in employment in Great Britain increased by 2,177,000 to 25,174,000, the highest level on record. Employment has now been on a rising trend for more than five years.
Mr. Lee : In October 1988, the level of seasonally adjusted unemployment in the London region was 267,100, a fall of 66,700 over the last 12 months. We know from the surveys carried out during the summer that there are also around 150,000 vacancies in London.
Mr. Lee : Unemployment figures are not available for the requested age group. However, in October 1988 the number of unemployed claimants aged under 20 in the Eccles parliamentary constituency was 335.
Mr. Lee : The information is not available in the form requested. The smallest area for which unemployment rates are calculated are travel-to -work areas. In October 1988, 27 of these had rates of unemployment of less than 4 per cent., expressed as a percentage of employees in employment plus the unemployed (south-east 19 travel-to-work areas, East Anglia, four, north two, south-west one and east midlands one).
43. Mr. David Nicholson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the current levels of employment in the United Kingdom and other European Economic Community countries.
Mr. Lee : Increases in the level of employment in the United Kingdom compare most favourably with those in the European Community. Since 1983 our level of civilian employment has grown by well over 2 million. Between
Column 1351983 and 1987 the increase in employment in the United Kingdom was greater than that for any other European Community member and was in fact approximately equal to that in the rest of the Community combined. Comparisons of the percentage of working age population in employment show that the United Kingdom is well ahead of our major European partners and second only to Denmark in the whole Community.
Mr. Lee : Unemployment figures are analysed by duration quarterly. In October 1988 the number of unemployed claimants who had been unemployed for one year or more in the United Kingdom was 885,504, compared with 1,050,487 in July 1983, a fall of 64,983 over the period. This comparison is slightly affected by changes in the coverage of the count as well as seasonal influences.
Mr. Lee : Between March 1983 and June 1988 the work force in employment in the United Kingdom increased by 2,178,000 to 25,739,000, the highest level on record. This rising trend has now continued for more than five years. The figures have been adjusted for the effects of seasonal variations. The work force in employment is the sum of employees in employment, the self-employed, Her Majesty's forces, and participants in work-related Government training programmes.
93. Mr. Leigh : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment by how many, and as a percentage of those registered as unemployed, the unemployment figures have fallen for Lincolnshire over the past three years.
Mr. Lee : In October 1988, the number of unemployed claimants in the county of Lincolnshire was 17,775 compared with 26,964 in October 1985, a fall of 9,189 or 34 per cent. over the three-year period. The figures are affected by the change in the compilation of the count in March 1986 to reduce over-recording and by the change in the coverage from September 1988 due to new benefit regulations for young people aged under 18.
18. Mr. Madel : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he plans to meet the chairman of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service before 31 December ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholls : Employment training is making very good progress indeed and interest amongst long-term unemployed people remains high. By 25 November there were already 91,500 people training with training managers.
Mr. Nicholls : A number of trade unions and many individual trade unionists are helping to make employment training successful. I welcome this positive co-operation in helping longer-term unemployed people back into work.
79. Mr. Summerson : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to meet the general secretary of the trades union council to discuss adult training ; and if he will make a statement.
Column 137Commission has received from the public about the employment training scheme ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nicholls : The Training Agency has received a large number of inquiries about employment training. There has been considerable interest in the programme by unemployed people, and by 25 November 91,500 people were already training with training managers.
Mr. Cope : The White Paper "Employment for the 1990s" published by my right hon. Friend describes new arrangements for delivering training, including that for entrepreneurs, and for the small firms service. This will lead to closer co-ordination of counselling and training for small firms. They are closely related activities and both will benefit.
Business registrations, deregistrations and stocks in the United Kingdom: 1980-87 ----------------------------------- Stock at start of year |1,289 Registrations |158 Deregistrations |142 Net change |16 Stock at end of year |1,305 Note: The pattern of registrations and deregistrations may have been affected by disturbances in the regular processing of register amendments because of industrial action in 1979.
Mr. Nicholls : My right hon. Friend and I have emphasised through public media the need for employers to recognise fully the potential contribution of older workers, particularly in view of the declining numbers of young people, and we will continue to do so. Jobcentres, where appropriate, raise with employers the need for age restrictions in vacancies they notify. We will keep under review how best to put the message across.
Mr. Cope : We know of 427 local enterprise agencies operating in the United Kingdom. Of these, 387 are approved under provisions of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988 (previously under provisions of the Finance Act 1982), which allow business sector sponsors tax relief on their contributions to such bodies.
31. Mr. Nicholas Bennett : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many representations he has received following the publication of his Department's survey on long-term unemployed in London ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Lee : I have not received any representations following the publication of the surveys of vacancies and longer-term unemployed people in London. The surveys reveal that although there are nearly 300,000 people unemployed in the capital there are also 150,000 vacancies and there is scope for a substantial reduction in unemployment.