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Year |Amount (£ million) --------------------------------------------------------- 1979-80 |0.7 1980-81 |0.3 1981-82 |0.4 1982-83 |0.5 1983-84 |0.5 1984-85 |0.3 1985-86 |0.1 1986-87 |12.7 1987-88 |6.1
These figures include production costs and VAT.
Mr. Nicholls : At 31 December 1988 there were 108,000 trainees on employment training in Great Britain. A breakdown by region is given in the following table. Information by industrial sector is not available.
Employment Training In training at 31 December 1988 |Number ------------------------------------------ South East |7,100 London |10,500 South West |6,900 West Midlands |12,100 East Midlands and Eastern |9,000 Yorkshire and Humberside |16,000 North West |15,500 Northern |11,800 Wales |7,400 Scotland |11,700 Great Britain |108,000
Mrs. Fyfe : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the average number in training on the YTS during the years (a) 1 April 1985 to 31 March 1986, (b) 1 April 1986 to 31 March 1987 and (c) 1 April 1987 to 31 March 1988.
Year |Average number in |training on YTS --------------------------------------------------------------- 1 April 1985-31 March 1986 |264,000 1 April 1986-31 March 1987 |296,000 1 April 1987-31 March 1988 |376,000
Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the statistics on wages councils' employment and compliance with wage council rates in 1988, in the same format as used in the reply on 4 March 1988, Official Report, columns 733-38.
Mr. Fowler : Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary spring Supplementary Estimates, the following changes will be made : The cash limit for class VII, vote 1 (employment programmes) will be reduced by £3 million from £1,293,618,000 to £1,290,618,000. The reduction offsets the £3 million increased provision sought by the Training Agency (class VII, vote 7) (training programmes) towards further marketing of the employment training programme and promotion of training and enterprise councils (TECs).
The cash limit on class VII, vote 2 (administration) will be reduced by £3,300,000 from £265,170,000 to £261,870,000. The reduction party offsets the cash limit increase on class VII, vote 7 resulting from the increase in provision sought to cover additional running costs for the skills training agency (STA).
There will be a token £1,000 increase on the cash limit on class VII, vote 5 (Training Commission) from £1,936,179,000 to £1,936,180, 000. This token increase is necessary to adjust the provision transferred to the Department of Employment (class VII, vote 7) in the winter Supplementary Estimates, to reflect actual expenditure by the Training Commission up to 1 December 1988, when responsibility for most of the commission's activities transferred to the Department of Employment.
The cash limit on class VII, vote 7 (Department of Employment : training programmes) will be increased by £6,300,000 from £559,000 to £6,859,000. This is the net effect of the increased provision of £3 million sought to allow for further marketing of employment training and promoting the new training and enterprise councils (which is offset by the £3 million decrease on class VII, vote 1) and £3,300, 000 increased provision for STA running costs (which is offset by the £3,300,000 decreases on class VII, vote 2). As a result of these changes there will be no addition to the planned total of public expenditure.
The class VII, vote 2, Employment Department's administration running costs limit will be reduced by £3,254,000 from £606,842,000 to £603,588,000. This is the net result of a £3,300,000 reduction in order to offset the £3,300,000 increased provision sought for the STA on class VII, vote 7, £106,000 increased provision sought for a special employment service initiative in Sunderland at the request of the Department of Trade and Industry (which is offset by a £106,000 decrease in the running costs provision on class V, vote 3) and the transfer of £61,000 to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (class XX, vote 16).
Column 812The class VII, vote 5, Training Commission's running costs limit will be increased by £12,264,000 from £145,754,000 to £158,018,000 (which is partly offset by reductions totalling £8,238,000 on votes 2 and 7).
The class VII, vote 7, Department of Employment : training programmes running costs limit will be reduced by £4,984,000 from £74,265,000 to £69,281,000. This reduction is the net result of the transfer of £12,264,000 back to the Training Commission (class VII, vote 5) as too much was transferred at the winter Supplementary stage ; reclassification of £120,000 worth of central services marketing expenditure out of running costs to programme expenditure ; and increased running costs provision of £3,300,000 (which is offset by a £3,300,000 reduction in running costs provision on class VII, vote 2) and a transfer of £4,100,000 youth training scheme programme expenditure to running costs, both of which contribute towards the additional running costs expenditure on the STA.
The class VII, vote 4, Health and Safety Commission's running costs limit will be reduced by £24,000 from £93,713,000 to £93,689,000. This small reduction, for which a spring Supplementary Estimate is not required, reflects the transfer of labour force survey costs to the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (class XX, vote 16). There is an overall increase in the Employment Department group's running costs of £4,002,000 from £936,432,000 to £940,434,000.
Mr. Fowler : I have reviewed the job club network in the light of the fall in unemployment in the last 12 months of 530,000. The job club programme will continue to have a key role in helping longer-term unemployed people to obtain jobs. It will complement and be co-ordinated with the employment training programme, and people who have not found a job on completing employment training will be able to make full use of a club job to do so. Action to ensure that people with special needs, including people with disabilities and people in inner cities, are effectively helped through job clubs will be continued and reinforced.
I have therefore set the employment service a target of 175,000 participants in job clubs in 1989-90. To improve the services that they can offer it is intended to build on best practice and develop the expertise of those running job clubs by concentrating resources in the areas of most need.
An ambitious expansion for job clubs was set in 1987 when the level of unemployment was much higher. The unemployment picture today is far different and some job clubs are underutilised. The job club network is best served, therefore, by rationalising particularly those where alternative job club facilities are available in the same locality. This means that we will be able to streamline the network from around 1,200 in the country to 1,000 nationwide.
To ensure that long-term unemployed people fully appreciate the benefits that job clubs can offer in helping find jobs and the success that participants achieve, a national publicity drive will commence on 30 January.
Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish the most recent 100 per cent. YTS leavers survey for each Training Agency area and region in the north-west, showing the destinations of trainees by ethnic origin, sex and disability and by scheme type.
Mr. Cope [holding answer 25 January 1989] : Most of the information requested is provided monthly in the two-year YTS 100 per cent. follow-up survey results, copies of which are available in the Library. I regret that
Column 814detailed information showing distinction of trainee by scheme type for each Training Agency area could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish the most recent 100 per cent. leavers survey for each training agency area in the north-west, showing the reasons why trainees left their schemes.