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Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployed people have (a) been called for a restart interview, (b) attended a restart interview, (c) been referred to unemployment benefit office for failing to attend a restart interview, (d) been


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disallowed, (e) been called for a restart follow-up interview, (f) attended a restart interview, (g) been referred to the unemployment benefit office for failing to attend a follow-up interview and (h) been disallowed after referral to the unemployment benefit office for the Training Agency in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Great Britain in the year to March 1989.

Mr. Lee : The information requested is provided in the table :


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                                                                |England      |Scotland     |Wales        |Great Britain              

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(a) Called for a Restart interview                              |2,506,409    |381,418      |177,809      |3,065,636                  

(b) Attended a Restart interview                                |1,822,031    |291,197      |136,479      |2,249,707                  

(c) Referred to UBO for failing to attend a Restart interview   |277,948      |28,334       |19,265       |325,547                    

(d) Been disallowed after referral to UBO                       |21,075       |2,555        |1,757        |25,387                     

(e) Called for a Restart follow-up interview                    |261,335      |17,131       |23,140       |301,606                    

(f) Attended a follow-up interview                              |188,780      |12,463       |18,964       |220,207                    

(g) Referred to UBO for failing to attend a follow-up interview |23,113       |946          |1,656        |25,715                     

(h) Been disallowed after referral to UBO                        not available separately (included in (d) above)                     

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how may unemployed people have been referred to the following outcourses as a result of their restart interviews, and, for each of the outcourses, how many people started or attended (a) a job, (b) a restart course, (c) employment training, (d) community programme, (e) new job training schemes, (f) a jobclub (g) enterprise allowance schemes, (h) voluntary work/voluntary projects programmes, (i) employment rehabilitation centres, (j) disablement rehabilitation option and (k) claimant adviser for the Training Agency in the year to March 1989 in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Great Britain.

Mr. Lee : The information requested is provided in the table. We do not know how many of those interviewed ultimately end up in a job or other opportunity as a result of the restart interview.


Restart counselling                                                                        

                      Numbers referred to:                                                 

                     |England      |Scotland     |Wales        |Great Britain              

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Job                  |185,405      |32,330       |17,525       |235,260                    

Restart course       |56,403       |12,905       |6,829        |76,137                     

Employment training  |237,256      |47,121       |21,134       |305,511                    

Community programme   25,054        5,783         2,802         33,639                     

New job training                                                                           

  scheme             |98,480       |14,702       |7,869        |121,051                    

Jobclub              |165,939      |34,506       |14,663       |215,108                    

Enterprise allowance                                                                       

  scheme             |78,832       |7,267        |5,417        |91,516                     

Voluntary work/VPP   |9,263        |1,028        |1,100        |11,391                     

E.R.C.               |1,790        |257          |189          |2,236                      

D.R.O.               |57,204       |9,758        |4,266        |71,228                     

Claimant adviser     |140,878      |20,424       |10,439       |171,741                    

Western Europe (Visits)

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report (a) the number of visits to Great Britain from western Europe, (b) the number of visits from western Europe to Great Britain, giving details of (i) the number of business and tourist trips, (ii) the average number of nights' stay and (iii) average expenditure at current and constant 1988 prices for each year from 1978 to 1988 inclusive.

Mr. Lee : The available information relates to visits to and from the United Kingdom and is given in the following tables. Suitable price indices for the calculation of expenditure at constant prices are not available.


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Table 1 Visits to the United Kingdom by residents of Western Europe<1>                                                                                  

                    Number of visits                      Average number of                     Average expenditure                                     

                    (thousands)                           nights' stay                          per visit at current                                    

                                                                             prices (£)                                                                 

                   |All tourists      |of which: business|All tourists      |Business tourists |All tourists      |Business tourists                    

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1978               |7,865             |1,566             |9.1               |4.5               |130.4             |152.1                                

1979               |7,873             |1,646             |9.5               |4.2               |149.6             |172.4                                

1980               |7,910             |1,784             |9.2               |4.8               |154.1             |185.8                                

1981               |7,055             |1,650             |9.2               |4.0               |153.9             |182.5                                

1982               |7,082             |1,634             |9.1               |4.4               |163.9             |203.1                                

1983               |7,164             |1,712             |9.4               |4.1               |191.3             |217.3                                

1984               |7,551             |1,925             |9.1               |4.1               |202.7             |219.8                                

1985               |7,870             |2,035             |9.4               |4.3               |226.8             |251.7                                

1986               |8,355             |2,244             |9.0               |4.3               |259.7             |291.8                                

1987               |9,317             |2,473             |9.3               |4.0               |269.4             |303.1                                

1988               |9,668             |2,889             |8.9               |4.3               |257.8             |299.4                                

<1> European Community plus Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Yugoslavia.                       


Table 2 Visits to the United Kingdom by residents of Western Europe<1>                                                                                  

                    Number of visits                      Average number of                     Average expenditure                                     

                    (thousands)                           nights' stay                          per visit at current                                    

                                                                             prices (£)                                                                 

                   |All tourists      |of which: business|All tourists      |Business tourists |All tourists      |Business tourists                    

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1978               |11,517            |1,802             |10.2              |5.4               |99.4              |107.3                                

1979               |12,959            |2,037             |10.3              |5.9               |116.0             |122.4                                

1980               |14,455            |2,158             |10.1              |5.6               |131.6             |437.7                                

1981               |15,862            |2,147             |10.4              |5.3               |140.2             |151.9                                

1982               |17,625            |2,190             |9.8               |5.3               |146.5             |165.8                                

1983               |18,229            |2,328             |9.9               |4.9               |163.6             |187.0                                

1984               |19,371            |2,533             |10.2              |5.0               |178.3             |202.2                                

1985               |18,944            |2,566             |10.2              |5.1               |191.6             |237.1                                

1986               |21,877            |2,596             |10.4              |5.2               |209.3             |242.8                                

1987               |23,678            |2,898             |10.4              |5.3               |227.1             |266.4                                

1988               |24,519            |3,187             |10.5              |5.1               |239.6             |263.1                                

<1> European Community plus Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Yugoslavia.                       

Domestic Trips

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report for each year from 1978 to the latest date available, the number of domestic trips undertaken by Great Britain residents, giving the average number of nights and expenditure at current and constant 1988 prices.

Mr. Lee : The following table gives the available information. Suitable official price indices for the calculation of expenditure at constant prices are not available.


Domestic trips of one night or more by British residents                                                                     

Year                     |Number of trips         |Average number of nights|Average expenditure per                          

                         |(thousands)             |per trip                |trip at current prices                           

                                                                           |(£)                                              

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1978                     |119,000                 |4.5                     |26.1                                             

1979                     |118,000                 |4.5                     |32.2                                             

1980                     |130,000                 |4.3                     |35.0                                             

1981                     |126,000                 |4.2                     |36.5                                             

1982                     |123,000                 |4.2                     |36.6                                             

1983                     |131,000                 |4.2                     |40.8                                             

1984                     |140,000                 |4.1                     |42.7                                             

1985                     |126,000                 |4.0                     |50.2                                             

1986                     |128,000                 |4.0                     |55.9                                             

1987                     |132,000                 |3.8                     |51.3                                             

1988                     |130,000                 |4.0                     |60.4                                             

Source: British Tourist Authority.                                                                                           

Skills Training Agency

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his timetable for the privatisation of each skill centre.

Mr. Cope : An advertisement offering the Skills Training Agency for sale will be published later in the summer. Bids for all or part of STA will be invited. I expect that negotiations with potential purchasers will take place in the autumn, and that a sale will be concluded after Royal Assent to the Employment Bill.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans his Department has formulated to ensure that the quality and participation rate of training are safeguarded within the Skills Training Agency after privatisation.


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Mr. Cope : The customer will be the primary judge of training quality in the STA after privatisation. The normal monitoring will apply to programmes that they contract with the Government to provide.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all information required for collective bargaining purposes will be made available to the recognised trade unions in the Skills Training Agency.

Mr. Cope : The Department will disclose information required for collective bargaining purposes in accordance with their legal obligations. Since the announcement that the STA is to be offered for sale, there have been 10 meetings with the recognised trade unions, eight special information bulletins, and many letters responding to questions asked by the trade unions.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he plans to issue the sale memorandum for the skill centres.

Mr. Cope : The information memorandum will be ready for issue to prospective purchasers later in the summer.

Mr. Tony Lloyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report, all monies received by the Skills Training Agency from the Manpower Services Commission, Training Commission and Training Agency in each year since 1984 ; if he will detail the developments in skills training provision with reference to each specific allocation ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Cope : Moneys received by the Skills Training Agency from the MSC, Training Commission, Training Agency for each financial year since 1984 are as follows :


                                 |£000's         

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1984-85                                          

Training Opportunities Programme |71,339         

Youth Training Scheme            |3,755          

                                 |-------        

  Total                          |75,094         

                                                 

1985-86                                          

Old Job Training Scheme          |63,078         

Youth Training Scheme            |1,615          

                                 |-------        

  Total                          |64,693         

                                                 

1986-87                                          

Old Job Training Scheme          |65,354         

Youth Training Scheme            |1,467          

Jobclub and Restart<1>           |862            

                                 |-------        

  Total                          |67,683         

                                                 

1987-88                                          

Old Job Training Scheme          |58,472         

New Job Training Scheme          |1,883          

Youth Training Scheme            |1,364          

Jobclub and Restart<1>           |651            

                                 |-------        

  Total                          |62,370         

                                                 

1988-89                                          

Old Job Training Scheme          |29,232         

Employment Training              |7,283          

New Job Training Scheme          |1,606          

Youth Training Scheme            |1,412          

Jobclub and Restart<1>           |340            

                                 |-------        

  Total                          |39,873         

<1>Sponsored by the Employment Service.          


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Rural Areas

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on his employment and training policies for rural areas.

Mr. Lee : Rural areas benefit from the full range of my Department's measures to reduce unemployment and promote training. We are conscious of the special needs of rural areas and these are taken into account in designing and delivering our programmes.

Accidents (Deaths)

Mr. Skinner : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have been killed in accidents at work in the last 10 years ; and what the figure was for the previous 10-year period.

Mr. Nicholls : In the 10 years ending March 1988, a total of 4,713 fatal injuries to employees were reported to the appropriate authorities. The corresponding figure for the previous 10 years was 7,297.


 

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