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Numbers in receipt of bridging allowance in             

Doncaster and Yorkshire and Humberside:                 

December 1988-December 1993                             

              |Doncaster    |Yorkshire and              

                            |Humberside                 

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December 1988 |-            |1,224                      

December 1989 |-            |841                        

December 1990 |38           |917                        

December 1991 |43           |777                        

December 1992 |39           |672                        

December 1993 |28           |475                        

Labour Statistics

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what is the current average length of time males aged (a) over 55 years, (b) over 35 years and under 55 years and (c) over 16 years and under 35 years remain unemployed in the Doncaster area ;

(2) what is the current average length of time females (a) over 55 years, (b) over 35 years and under 55 years and (c) over 16 years and under 35 years remain unemployed in the Doncaster area.


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Miss Widdecombe : Information is given in the table on the "median" durations of unemployment, with respect to computerised records only--the vast majority of all claims--of those claimants whose spell of unemployment was completed in the period between 11 November 1993 and 9 December 1993. At this small area level information on the "mean" duration of unemployment of these claimants is available only at disproportionate cost.


Median Durations of claimant     

unemployment in the Doncaster    

Travel-to-work Area              

             Median Duration     

             of                  

             Unemployment        

             (weeks)             

Age         |Male  |Female       

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17-34       |12.0  |12.0         

35-54       |12.6  |19.5         

55 and over |36.8  |156.0        

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of adults (a) male and (b) female registered unemployed in the Doncaster area in December (i) 1979, (ii) 1983 and (iii) 1993.

Miss Widdecombe : Figures for comparable travel-to-work areas are available only from June 1983 and are given in the table :


Unadjusted Claimant Unemployment   

for the Travel-to-Work area of     

Doncaster                          

              |Male  |Female       

-----------------------------------

December 1983 |12,258|5,857        

December 1993 |11,856|2,928        

Youth Employment

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of (a) 16-year-olds and (b) 17-year-olds in the Doncaster area who entered full-time employment in each year from 1988.

Miss Widdecombe : The information requested is not available.

Disabled People

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list for the last five years the number of disabled individuals in the Doncaster area who have benefited from the Government's present provision of assistance towards (a) special aids to employment, (b) adaptation to premises, (c) fares to work and (d) the personal reader scheme ;

(2) what has been spent in the last five years in the Doncaster area on disabled individuals on assistance towards (a) special aids to employment, (b) adaptation to premises, (c) fares to work and (d) the personal reader scheme.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.


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Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 19 January 1994 :

As the Employment Service is an Executive Agency, the Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Question about the number of disabled individuals and what has been spent in the last five years in the Doncaster area on assistance to people with disabilities on the Special Schemes ; (a) special aids to employment (b) adaptation to premises (c) fares to work and (d) the personal reader scheme.

The information you have asked for is not held centrally and I have asked my people to investigate the availability of the details you request. I will send details to you as soon as they are available. As decided by the Administration Committee of the House of Commons, Chief Executive replies to written Parliamentary Questions will now be published in the Official Report. I will also place a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for the Doncaster area the companies that currently display the two-tick symbol denoting them as positive about disabled people and are complying with the criteria required.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mr. Martin Redmond, dated 19 January 1994 :

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your Question requesting a list of companies in the Doncaster area who currently display the disability symbol (the "two-tick symbol") denoting them as positive about disabled people.

Unfortunately I am unable to enclose the list you request with this reply. As you may know, the disability symbol was first introduced in 1990. It was reviewed towards the end of 1992 and, in order to clarify its meaning and improve its impact, we have introduced changes to the initiative which came into effect on 1 June 1993. These changes have meant that the earlier symbol users needed to re-examine their practices and, in some cases, to introduce changes before confirming whether or not they would continue to use the symbol. My field disability service has been working to contact all symbol users, discuss the new commitments and confirm which employers would continue under the new arrangements.

Although we have recently compiled a draft list of symbol users throughout the country, we are not yet satisfied that older users of the symbol who are not continuing as symbol users have been fully weeded out. It is, of course, very important that we are able to provide a full and accurate list of organisations using the symbol and we are reluctant to release it, or any parts of it, until we have had a further opportunity to check its accuracy.

The checking process is now in hand and I would hope to write to you again within the next few weeks with a list of current symbol users in the Doncaster area. The national list of symbol users will also be included.

I hope this is helpful.

Youth Unemployment

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the current measures he is taking to reduce youth unemployment in the Doncaster area ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : All young people aged under 18, who are not in a job or full-time education, are guaranteed the offer of a suitable youth training place if they want one. On 9 December, the latest date for which information is available, there were five young people in the Barnsley and Doncaster training and enterprise council area who were covered by the guarantee and had been waiting for a place for eight or more weeks. This is 86 per cent. fewer than in March last year.


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The Employment Service and the TEC deliver an extensive programme of employment, enterprise and training initiatives to help employment prospects for unemployed people. In addition to this mainstream provision, the following schemes are available specifically for young people in the 18 to 25 years age group : the Doncaster education business partnership ; the careership programme ; pre-release courses involving the Employment Service, the careers service and the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders ; a mentoring programme ; and workshops advising on job search and careers.

Market Testing

Mr. McAllion : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish for each service that has been market tested in his Department in 1993 (a) the cost of the testing process, including consultancy costs, (b) the result of the test, (c) the name of the successful contractor, (d) the value and duration of the contract, (e) the number of staff involved, (f) estimated annual cost reductions and (g) whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 were deemed to apply.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department is currently analysing the outcome of the 1992-93 competing for quality programme with the efficiency unit in the Cabinet Office. Early results have shown some significant savings, and much of the information requested in the question will, once it has been finalised, be published in aggregate form in the "Citizen's Charter Second Report". On an individual contract basis, many details are commercially confidential.

Scientists

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what data he holds on the numbers of scientists at postgraduate and postdoctoral level leaving their profession for (a) other employment and (b) employment abroad.

Miss Widdecombe : The Department does not collect statistics on this subject. However a recent report by the Science and Engineering Policy Studies Unit on "The Migration of Scientists and Engineers 1984 to 1992", shows that, while 0.6 per cent. of university staff in these disciplines emigrated in 1992, the rate of recruitment of staff to the United Kingdom from other countries was higher at 1.3 per cent.

Youth Training

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many youth training scheme or youth training places there were in the Doncaster area in each year since 1988.

Miss Widdecombe : The information is unavailable prior to 1991 ; however, since the opening of the Barnsley and Doncaster training and enterprise council in 1991 the number of YTS or youth training places in the Doncaster area have been as follows :


Year    |Places       

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1991-92 |2,348        

1992-93 |2,464        

1993-94 |2,394        

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many 16 and 17 year-olds are currently on waiting lists for youth training places in the Doncaster area ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : As at 9 December 1993, in the Barnsley and Doncaster training and enterprise council area, there were five young people who had been waiting more than eight weeks for a place on youth training. This is due to constant co-operation between Barnsley and Doncaster TEC, Doncaster careers service and Doncaster training suppliers.

Science Postgraduates

Dr. Lynne Jones : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of science postgraduates who successfully complete their doctorates within British universities have found employment in the United Kingdom within (a) six months and (b) one year for each of the last five years.

Miss Widdecombe : The percentage of those gaining science doctorates in 1991 who were in employment at the end of that year was as follows :


                           |Per cent.          

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Biology                    |76                 

Physical Sciences          |63                 

Mathematical Sciences      |74                 

Engineering and Technology |78                 

These statistics are based on a special analysis of the annual "First Destinations Survey of Graduates" carried out by the universities.

Statistics are not available for other years or on the definitions requested.

Manufacturing Industry

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were employed in manufacturing industries in the Yorkshire and Humberside region on 1 December (a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1989 and (d) 1993.

Miss Widdecombe : The information is shown in the table :


Employees in manufacturing:       

Yorkshire and Humberside          

                  |Number         

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December 1979     |698,800        

December 1983     |510,400        

December 1989     |501,000        

September 1993<1> |437,600        

<1>Latest available date.         

Investors in People

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list, for the Doncaster area, the name of the employers who have been given the Investors in People award and the names of the employers who have made a commitment to meeting the standards ; and if he will make a statement.


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Miss Widdecombe : Employers in the Doncaster area who have achieved the Investors in People award are as follows :

Bridon Ropes Ltd.

Bullseye Motorist Centre

J I Case (UK) Ltd.

Reed Northern Newspapers

Rockware Glass

Weldricks

Employers who are committed to Investors in People status are as follows :

Doncaster MBC Personnel and Catering Services Directorate Doncaster/Rotherham Group Training Association

L J Monks

The Aucklands Nursing Home

ACE Conveyors Equipment Ltd.

David Hall Partnership

DBL Associates

Rossington Comprehensive School

Walkers Solicitors

Benton House Nursing Home

Norwell Structural and Site Services

Danite Hard Metals

South Yorkshire Training Trust

Mr. Tony (Hairdressing)

Frigoscandia Ltd.

Miller Brother (Doncaster) Ltd.

Doncaster College

DEYT (Training Provider)

Hexthorpe First School

Colbear Dixon

Roger Worth Training

DONBAC

Yorkshire Training Centre

G P Holdings

ESL (Training Provider)

Darfen

BLP Group

RFS Engineering

Lindholme Prison

Wages

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the median, highest decile/lowest decile, upper quartile, lower quartile and mean weekly and hourly earnings of (a) male, (b) female, (c) manual, (d) non-manual and (e) all full-time workers on adult rates in Yorkshire and Humberside, the north and Great Britain for each year since 1979.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information requested can be found in part E of the new earnings survey for each year since 1979. Details of decile, median and quartile earnings are published in table 116 and average earnings in tables 122 and 123. Copies of the report can be found in the Library.

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the average weekly and hourly earnings of (a) manual, (b) non-manual and (c) all part-time workers on adult rates in Yorkshire and Humberside, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Humberside, the North and Great Britain.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The information requested is provided in the table :


Average gross weekly earnings of part-time employees on     

adult rates-                                                

pay unaffected by absence: April 1993                       

                |Manual    |Non-manual|All                  

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   Humberside   |73.1      |105.8     |92.5                 

West Yorkshire  |71.2      |109.9     |94.4                 

South Yorkshire |73.1      |101.3     |89.7                 

Humberside      |73.3      |104.2     |91.5                 

North Yorkshire |78.3      |-         |92.8                 

North           |70.6      |98.3      |87.1                 

Great Britain   |75.1      |109.8     |97.0                 


Average gross hourly earnings of part-time employees on     

adult rates-                                                

pay unaffected by absence: April 1993                       

                |Manual    |Non-manual|All                  

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Yorkshire and                                               

   Humberside   |3.90      |5.35      |4.76                 

West Yorkshire  |3.88      |5.42      |4.82                 

South Yorkshire |3.89      |5.28      |4.72                 

Humberside      |3.76      |5.24      |4.58                 

North Yorkshire |4.15      |-         |4.87                 

North           |3.77      |5.04      |4.54                 

Great Britain   |3.96      |5.67      |5.03                 

Source: New Earnings Survey.                                

Mesothelioma

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what instructions his Department has given to the Health and Safety Executive in the light of the Peto report on the projected increase in the number of deaths from mesothelioma.

Mr. Michael Forsythe : I have given no specific instructions ; Professor Peto's estimates are based on statistical data provided by the Health and Safety Executive. He has not yet produced a written report.

The HSE and Professor Peto are co-operating in closely analysing the data more fully and determining their possible significance. Consideration is also being given to setting up an epidemiological study to subject the estimates to further investigation.

New Businesses

Sir Ralph Howell : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of new business start-ups in each year since 1979.

Miss Widdecombe : The enterprise allowance scheme--EAS--began in 1982-83. In April 1991, EAS was replaced by the business start-up scheme. The numbers of new business start-ups each year are shown in the table.


                   |Enterprise                           

                   |Allowance/Business                   

                   |Start Up                             

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1982-83            |2,500                                

1983-84            |27,600                               

1984-85            |46,000                               

1985-86            |60,000                               

1986-87            |86,800                               

1987-88            |106,300                              

1988-89            |98,500                               

1989-90            |78,000                               

1990-91            |60,000                               

1991-92            |50,000                               

1992-93            |41,000                               

<1>1993            |21,700                               

<1> April-October.                                       


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Irvine Offices

Mr. Donohoe : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much it cost his Department to move the Irvine unemployment benefit office and the Irvine jobcentre into the same purpose-built facility in Irvine.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its chief executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from M. E. G. Fogden to Mr. Brian Donohoe, dated 19 January 1994 :

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about how much it cost his Department to move the Irvine Unemployment Benefit Office and the Irvine Jobcentre into the same purpose built facility in Irvine.

Since 1990 the Employment Service (ES) has been pursuing a policy of bringing together Unemployment Benefit Offices (UBO) and Jobcentres with the aim of providing a more efficient and effective service to our clients. Already 824 offices have been integrated nationally in this way and ES plan to have 1,100 such outlets by March 1996. Irvine featured as part of this programme of integration and the new office opened for business on 9August 1993.

The new Jobcentre at Irvine has been acquired on a 25-year lease at an annual rental of £115,400 subject to five-year rent reviews. Capital costs of fitting out were £338,000. Costs will be offset by the disposal not only of both the former UBO and Jobcentre but also premises for the Jobclub which is now accommodated in the new building. Investment appraisal of the new office running costs over a 25-year period demonstrates that it is a cheaper option than retention of the former premises.

I hope this is helpful.

Coltman Precast Concrete Ltd.

Mr. Burden : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he was notified of potential redundancies made by Coltman Precast Concrete Ltd. ; whether this notification was made within the time period required under section 193 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 ; what other representations he has received in relation to the notice of redundancies ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : Information supplied under the notification provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 is given in confidence.

Apprenticeships

Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has on the number, type and funding of apprenticeships currently in Nottinghamshire, the east midlands and England.

Miss Widdecombe : Estimates of the number of apprentices are available from the labour force survey. Latest available figures indicate that, in summer 1993, 12,100 people in the east midlands, and 172,000 people in England were undertaking apprenticeships. Figures for Nottinghamshire are not available.

The labour force survey gives figures by industry, by occupation and by personal characteristics of apprentices. Information on funding is not available.


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