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Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidelines he has given to the chairman of (a) all quangos in Wales and (b) Cardiff bay development corporation on the conduct of public relations consultants to whom they give contracts.

Mr. Redwood : I have issued no such guidelines to non-departmental public bodies in Wales.

Health Board Rights

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what guidelines he will issue in relation to the rights of members of health authority or trust boards with respect to the principles of open government and its applicability to the operations of those authorities and trusts.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : My right hon. Friend wrote to health authorities and NHS trusts about corporate governance matters on 27 January and indicated that the Department of Health was undertaking further work on open government. It will be consulting on their recommendations in early summer and we propose to undertake parallel consultation in Wales.

A copy of the letter is being placed in the Library of the House.

Nurses

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total number of (a) whole time equivalent registered nurses, (b) whole time equivalent unregistered nurses and (c) whole time equivalent nurses in training in Wales for each year from 1988 onwards.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : The information available, which relates to nursing and midwifery staff, is given in the following tables :


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Directly employed NHS nurses<1>                                                 

                |Registered<2>  |Unregistered<3>|Learners<4>                    

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1988            |17,507         |7,076          |3,337                          

1989            |17,849         |7,070          |3,118                          

1990            |17,986         |7,032          |3,075                          

1991            |18,009         |7,019          |2,934                          

1992            |18,096         |7,355          |1,970                          

1993            |17,986         |7,220          |1,033                          


Nurses employed by   

general medical      

practitioners<5>     

       |Number       

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

1988   |198          

1989   |268          

1990   |459          

1991   |524          

1992   |519          

1993   |544          


Nurses employed in private nursing homes, hospitals 

and clinics<6>                                      

             |Registered  |Unregistered             

             |nurses and  |nurses and               

             |midwives    |midwives                 

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

1988         |1,157       |1,888                    

1989         |1,541       |2,838                    

1990         |1,927       |3,634                    

1991         |2,298       |4,575                    

1992         |2,623       |5,274                    

<1> Staff in post (whole-time equivalents as at 30  

September). Includes staff employed by the Welsh    

Health Common Services Authority. The use of        

locally devised payscales from 1991 onwards may     

affect the comparability of figures as these staff  

cannot be allocated centrally to a specific staff   

group and are not, therefore, included in the       

table.                                              

<2> Enrolled nurse and above in 1988, grade C and   

above thereafter.                                   

<3> Nursing auxiliaries and nursery nurses in 1988, 

grades A and B thereafter.                          

<4> Pupil and student nurses. Since the autumn of   

1991 student nurses have been classified as         

students and are no longer included in the NHS      

staff figures. Staff included here are students     

finishing courses begun before this date. However   

at 1 October 1993 there were about 1,900 Project    

2000 nursing students in Wales.                     

<5> Staff in post as at 1 October (whole-time       

equivalents). All these staff are registered        

nurses.                                             

<6> Staff in post as at 31 March (whole-time        

equivalents) as notified by the individual          

premises.                                           

Health Service

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received with respect to the suitability for appointment, reappointment or continuation in office of the chairmen of present health authorities or health trusts and trusts-designate ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gwilym Jones : Over the last 18 months I have received around 20 representations on these matters.

DEFENCE

Engagements (Extension)

Sir Nicholas Fairbairn : Too ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the available figures for each year since 1990-91 on the numbers and proportions of those officers and other ranks in each service who have applied for extension of their original engagement.

Mr. Hanley : The figures as requested for the Royal Air Force are set out in the tables. The Royal Navy and Army


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could provide this information in the exact form requested only at disproportionate cost ; details on extensions granted are, however, set out in the tables.


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Royal Air Force: applications for extension of service                                            

Financial     |Officers     |Airmen/      |Total        |Total trained|Proportion of              

year                        |women                      |strength at  |trained                    

                                                        |31 March     |strength who               

                                                                      |applied for                

                                                                      |extension                  

                                                                      |(Per cent.)                

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1990-91       |520          |1,971        |2,491        |82,621       |3.0                        

1991-92       |573          |3,848        |4,421        |81,973       |5.4                        

1992-93       |339          |4,262        |4,601        |78,863       |5.8                        


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Royal Naval Services: extensions of service granted                                               

Financial     |Officers     |Ratings      |Total        |Total trained|Proportion of              

year                                                    |strength at  |trained                    

                                                        |31 March     |strength who               

                                                                      |were granted               

                                                                      |an extension               

                                                                      |(Per cent.)                

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1990-91       |92           |933          |1,025        |57,078       |1.8                        

1991-92       |22           |703          |725          |56,052       |1.3                        

1992-93       |33           |437          |470          |56,064       |0.8                        


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Army: extensions of service granted                                                               

Financial     |Officers     |Soldiers     |Total        |Total trained|Proportion of              

year                                                    |strength at  |trained                    

                                                        |31 March     |strength who               

                                                                      |were granted               

                                                                      |an extension               

                                                                      |(Per cent.)                

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

1990-91       |876          |944          |1,820        |137,240      |1.3                        

1991-92       |1,002        |929          |1,931        |136,514      |1.4                        

1992-93       |818          |827          |1,645        |133,366      |1.2                        

Notes:                                                                                            

1. Figures include non-commissioned personnel who have applied for/been granted, an extension     

beyond their 22 year point.                                                                       

2. Figures exclude personnel who have converted from Short Service Commissions to longer          

commissons and those whose service is extended automatically upon reaching a certain rank.        

Premature Voluntary Release

Sir Nicholas Fairbairn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the latest available figures for each service, by rank and length of service, of applications for premature voluntary release, together with any available information on the reasons given.

Mr. Hanley : The breakdown by rank and service of the numbers of applications for premature voluntary release in


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the 12 months ended 1 October 1993, the latest date for which figures are available, is given in the table. Details of the length of service of applicants for premature voluntary release could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The reasons most frequently give for asking to leave prematurely are :

Civilian job offer

Disillusionment with service life

Lack of opportunities for promotion

Family/compassionate reasons


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Applications for premature voluntary release                                              

in the 12 months ended 1 October 1993                                                     

NATO rank code<1> |Royal            |Army             |Royal                              

                  |Naval Services                     |Air Force                          

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Officers                                                                                  

OF7               |-                |-                |2                                  

OF6               |-                |7                |3                                  

OF5               |2                |21               |11                                 

OF4               |9                |36               |15                                 

OF3               |23               |58               |38                                 

OF2               |25               |82               |58                                 

OF1/OD            |-                |15               |7                                  

                  |-------          |-------          |-------                            

Total             |59               |219              |134                                

                                                                                          

Non-Commissioned Personnel                                                                

OR9               |32               |44               |50                                 

OR8               |1                |65               |-                                  

OR7               |273              |78               |105                                

OR6               |207              |196              |125                                

OR4               |285              |685              |164                                

OR3               |-                |1,229            |-                                  

OR2/OR1           |892              |3,369            |679                                

                  |-------          |-------          |-------                            

Total             |1,690            |5,666            |1,123                              

<1>NATO Rank Codes equate to United Kingdom Service Designations as shown in the          

following table.                                                                          


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NATO Rank Codes equating to United Kingdom Service Designations                                                                                                                                       

                                  Royal Naval                                                                                                                                                         

                                  Services                                                                                                                                                            

NATO rank code                   |Royal Navy                      |Royal Marines                   |Army                            |Royal Air Force                                                  

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OF-7                             |Rear Admiral                    |Major General                   |Major General                   |Air Vice Marshall                                                

OF-6                             |Commodore                       |Brigadier                       |Brigadier                       |Air Commodore                                                    

OF-5                             |Captain                         |Colonel/Lieutenant Colonel      |Colonel                         |Group Captain                                                    

OF-4                             |Commander                       |Major                           |Lieutenant Colonel              |Wing Commander                                                   

OF-3                             |Lieutenant Commander            |Captain                         |Major                           |Squadron Leader                                                  

OF-2                             |Lieutenant                      |Lieutenant                      |Captain                         |Flight Lieutenant                                                

OF-1                             |Sub-Lieutenant                  |-                               |Lieutenant/2nd Lieutenant       |Flying Officer/Pilot Officer                                     

OF(D)                            |Officer Designate               |Officer Designate               |Officer Designate                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

OR-9                             |Warrant Officer                 |Warrant Officer Class 1         |Warrant Officer Class 1         |Warrant Officer                                                  

OR-8                             |-                               |Warrant Officer Class 2         |Warrant Officer Class 2         |-                                                                

OR-7                             |Chief Petty Officer             |Colour Sergeant                 |Staff Sergeant                  |Flight Sergeant/Chief Technician                                 

OR-6                             |Petty Officer                   |Sergeant                        |Sergeant                        |Sergeant                                                         

OR-4                             |Leading Rate                    |Corporal                        |Corporal                        |Corporal                                                         

OR-3                             |-                               |-                               |Lance Corporal                  |-                                                                

OR-2                             |Able Rate                       |Marine (1st Class)              |Private (Classes 1 to 3)        |Junior Technician/                                               

                                                                                                                                    |Senior Aircraftman/                                              

                                                                                                                                    |Leading Aircraftman                                              

OR-1                             |Ordinary Rate/Junior            |Marine (2nd Class)/Junior       |Private (Class 4)/Junior        |Aircraftman                                                      


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NATO rank code                            |QARNNS                                   |NATO rank code                           |QARNNS                                                                             

(Officers)                                                                          |(Non-commissioned                                                                                                            

                                                                                    |personnel)                                                                                                                   

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OF-6                                      |Commandant Nursing Officer               |OR-9                                     |Warrant Officer RGN/Warrant Officer EN(G)                                          

OF-5                                      |Principal Nursing Officer                |OR-7                                     |Chief RGN/Chief EN(G)                                                              

OF-4                                      |Chief Nursing Officer                    |OR-6                                     |Petty Officer RGN/Petty Officer EN(G)                                              

OF-3                                      |Superintending Nursing Officer           |OR-4                                     |Leading RGN/Leading EN(G)                                                          

OF-2                                      |Senior Nursing Officer                   |OR-2                                     |Student Nurse/Pupil Nurse EN(G)                                                    

OF-1                                      |Nursing Officer                          |OR-1                                     |Probationary Nurse                                                                 

Low Flying

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information is held by his Department on the proportion of low flying complaints which are made by persons who have not previously complained about low flying.

Mr. Hanley : Records are not maintained of the proportion of low flying complaints received from those who have not complained about the training before.

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if details of complaints about low flying are held on a computer database by his Department.

Mr. Hanley : Yes.

Mr. Foulkes : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facilities are made available to Royal Air Force

strike/attack/reconnaissance aircrew deployed on operational duties to (a) Italy, (b) Turkey and (c) Saudi Arabia, for low flying training at less than 250 ft above ground level.


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Mr. Hanley : All necessary training is undertaken prior to deployment.

Colonel Edward S. Cowan

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the official dates and engagements of Colonel Edward S. Cowan since July 1992 in regard to his position at the Ministry.

Mr. Hanley : Colonel Angus Edward Frances Cowan retired early from the Army on 12 August 1990 at his own request.

Royal Navy (Fishing Protection)

Mr. David Porter : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps is is taking to instruct the Royal Navy to protect British fishing activities ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hanley : The Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron conducts fishery protection duties on behalf of


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the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency under a contract arrangement.

Laser-guided Bombs

Mr. Bryan Davies : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the award of the contract for the low-level laser- guided bomb.

Mr. Aitken : I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave to the hon. Member for Fife, North-East (Mr. Campbell) on 3 February 1994 at column 907.

Defence Procurement Tender List

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines he has issued with respect to the validity of ISO9001 quality assurance systems certificates issued by Bureau Veritas UK for the purposes of the defence procurement tender list ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Aitken : Bureau Veritas UK does not issue ISO9001 quality assurance systems certificates ; neither does it hold national accreditation to do so.

Service Women (Pregnancy)

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take measures to withdraw from any liability for compensation to dismissed service women whose dismissal related to pregnancy at a time when such a dismissal was public policy.

Mr. Hanley : My Department accepted at a High Court hearing in December 1991 that the policy of discharging service women on grounds of pregnancy was in breach of the EC Equal Treatment Directive 76/207 which came into effect on 9 August 1978. Consequently the Department has accepted liability to pay compensation to service women dismissed on pregnancy between that date and August 1990 when the policy was discontinued and maternity leave was introduced.

EMPLOYMENT

Employment Statistics

Mrs. Bridget Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people were placed in employment by Lewisham's job centres in each month since April 1992.

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 Mrs. Bridget Prentice, dated 14 February 1994 :

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the number of people placed into employment by Lewisham Jobcentres in each month since April 1992.

There are two Jobcentres in close proximity in the Lewisham district, Lewisham and Catford. Jobseekers from Lewisham also use the Catford Jobcentre so I have shown the information required for both of these offices on the tables attached.

I hope this is helpful.


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Placings achieved by Lewisham and Catford Jobcentres   

April 1992 to March 1993                               

Month          |Lewisham |Catford  |Total              

               |jobcentre|jobcentre                    

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

April 1992     |98       |137      |235                

May 1992       |89       |207      |296                

June 1992      |97       |218      |315                

July 1992      |128      |237      |365                

August 1992    |76       |155      |231                

September 1992 |122      |180      |302                

October 1992   |113      |168      |281                

November 1992  |133      |178      |311                

December 1992  |82       |122      |204                

January 1993   |126      |236      |362                

February 1993  |111      |183      |294                

March 1993     |110      |183      |293                


Placings achieved by Lewisham and Catford Jobcentres   

April 1993 to                                          

January 1994                                           

Month          |Lewisham |Catford  |Total              

               |Jobcentre|Jobcentre                    

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

April 1993     |98       |189      |287                

May 1993       |81       |170      |251                

June 1993      |127      |189      |316                

July 1993      |112      |188      |300                

August 1993    |105      |162      |267                

September 1993 |132      |203      |335                

October 1993   |110      |198      |308                

November 1993  |194      |208      |402                

December 1993  |104      |117      |221                

January 1994   |119      |200      |319                

Acquired Rights Directive

Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has made or is planning to make to the European Commission in response to the Commission's review of the employee acquired rights directive ; whether he sought the views of the trade unions whose members are affected by the directive ; and if he will publish the representations he has made.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Government welcome the review of the acquired rights directive. The European Commission has not yet published any results of the review and the Government have not, therefore, made any representations in response to it. Any response will accordingly depend on any proposals that the Commission may bring forward following its review. The normal practice is for the Commission to consult social partners on any proposed changes to a directive, and for the Government to present an explanatory memorandum to Parliament. It is expected that this will be done in due course.

Advertising

Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list all television advertising, newspaper advertising, radio advertising and other promotional campaigns with a budgeted cost in excess of £10,000 conducted by (a) his Department and (b) his agencies (i) in the current financial year and (ii) planned for 1994-95, showing for each the objectives and mechanisms for assessing the effectiveness of the advertising.

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

The Department is undertaking the following campaigns in 1993-94 budgeted to cost in excess of £10,000 :


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Campaign                                                   |Objective                                                 |Evaluation                                                                                                           

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Make It Your Business                                      |To increase awareness of Investors in People and National |Pre- and post-campaign market research, measurement                                                                  

                                                           |Vocational Qualifications among senior managers           |of direct response to the campaign (ie requests for                                                                  

                                                                                                                      |further information)                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1993 National Training Awards                              |To invite entries for the competition and to publicise the|Post-campaign market research, number of requests for                                                                

                                                           |winners                                                   |entry packs to the competition                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Career Development Loans                                   |To invite enquiries about Career Development Loans        |Market research and assessment of the number                                                                         

                                                                                                                      |of enquiries received                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Careers Service                                            |To announce the availability of the Careers Service       |Post-campaign market research                                                                                        

                                                           |prospectus                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

New Horizons for Women                                     |To encourage women to diversify their participation in the|Assessment of the number of people attending the New                                                                 

                                                           |workforce and in public life                              |Horizons events                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Just the Job/New Measures                                  |To raise awareness of Employment Service programmes       |Tracking research and take up of publications                                                                        

                                                           |among long-term unemployed people                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Employer Campaign                                          |To raise awareness and encourage the use of Jobcentre     |Tracking research                                                                                                    

                                                           |services among employers                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Disability                                                 |To raise the awareness of disabled people and employers   |Tracking research                                                                                                    

                                                           |of the help available to disabled workers                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Workstart                                                  |To promote the Workstart programme to employers in its    |Number of responses from employers                                                                                   

                                                           |pilot areas                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Jobfinders Grant                                           |To launch the Jobfinders grant in its pilot areas         |Number of people who take up the grant                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Work Trials                                                |To promote Work Trials to employers and the long-term     |Number of places offered by employers and take up by                                                                 

                                                           |unemployed                                                |unemployed people                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Community Action                                           |To launch Community Action to employers and the long-     |Numbers taking part in the programme                                                                                 

                                                           |term unemployed                                                                                                                                                                 

Note:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

It is planned that the above campaigns will continue in 1994-95. New campaigns are planned to form the relevant groups about the modern apprenticeships programme and the new small firms training loan scheme.                             

Objective 3 Funding

Mr. Llwyd : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications have been submitted for EC funding under objective 3 for funds to assist with retraining in parts of England ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Until the negotiations on the objective 3 plan to use European social fund resources throughout Great Britain have been concluded, it is not possible for the Employment Department to approve any applications for ESF assistance. The Government submitted the objective 3 plan at the beginning of November 1993, and there have been a number of discussions since then. We continue to press upon the Commission the need for an urgent decision so that essential training for the unemployed is not disrupted.

Access to Work

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many companies applied for grants under the access to work scheme in each region during 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : Access to work is not yet operational.


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Job Interview Guarantee Scheme

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many unemployed people took part in the job interview guarantee scheme in each region and in Great Britain as a whole in 1993 ; how many participants secured full-time or part-time employment with their sponsoring employers ; and if he will make a statement.

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. Alex Carlile, dated 14 February 1994 :

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about the Job Interview Guarantee Programme.

The table attached shows the number of unemployed people who took part in or who were assisted by the Job Interview Guarantee in 1993. It also shows regional figures and Great Britain as a whole. The information relating to numbers of people gaining employment includes those placed into both part- time and full-time jobs. Separate statistics are not collected on those going into part-time work.

I hope this is helpful.


Job interview guarantee January to December 1993                    

                          |Number of    |Number of                  

                          |assisted     |into jobs                  

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North                     |21,275       |7,301                      

Yorkshire and Humberside  |56,368       |17,202                     

East Midlands and Eastern |23,120       |9,047                      

London and South East     |105,922      |44,775                     

South West                |32,564       |12,918                     

Wales                     |22,741       |10,255                     

West Midlands             |26,607       |14,307                     

North West                |42,198       |19,848                     

Scotland                  |24,284       |17,917                     

Great Britain             |355,079      |153,570                    

Income Support

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people in each region and Great Britain as a whole were refused income support in 1993 because they were deemed to be not actively seeking work ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The Department does not hold information about the number of income support claimants who are refused benefit on that ground.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment for each region and for Great Britain as a whole how many people who received unemployment benefit for 12 months were refused income support after being means-tested in 1993 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Burt : I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available.

Labour Statistics

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the number of disabled people out of work in each region ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Forsyth : The following table shows the number of ILO unemployed people who, in response to questions in the summer 1993 labour force survey, said that they had a short-term or long-term disability or health problem which limited the kind of paid work that they could do.


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ILO unemployed amongst those with health problems or     

disabilities                                             

Great Britain-summer 1993                                

thousands                                                

Standard region          |Numbers ILO                    

                         |unemployed with                

                         |health problems                

                         |or disabilities                

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

South East               |121                            

  Greater London         |57                             

  Rest of South East     |64                             

East Anglia              |15                             

South West               |28                             

West Midlands            |38                             

East Midlands            |27                             

Yorkshire and Humberside |46                             

North West               |44                             

North                    |23                             

Wales                    |20                             

Scotland                 |36                             

                         |--                             

Great Britain            |397                            

Source: Labour force survey (not seasonally adjusted).   

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many people and what percentage of the labour force in each region and for Great Britain as a whole were classified as being in temporary employment in each year since 1979 ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : For the years from 1984 onwards, this information is available from the labour force survey and can be obtained via the Quantime LFS service available in the Library.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest estimates from the labour force survey, for each region, of the number and percentage of (a) all males, (b) all adults over 50 years of age and (c) all males between 50 and 65 years of age who are recorded as economically inactive ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : Latest estimates from the summer 1993 labour force survey are given in the following table. The numbers who are economically inactive relate to those who are neither in employment nor ILO unemployed, and will therefore include, for example, all those who are looking after a home or are retired.


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Economically inactive persons                                                                                                                   

Standard region          |Men aged 16+    |As percentage of|All persons aged|As percentage of|Men aged 50-64  |As percentage of                 

                                          |all men aged    |50+             |all persons aged                 |all men 50-64                    

                                          |16+                              |50+                                                                

                         |(Thousands)     |(Per cent.)     |(Thousands)     |(Per cent.)     |(Thousands)     |(Per cent.)                      

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South East               |1,612           |24.1            |3,295           |64.0            |275             |21.4                             

  Greater London         |655             |25.5            |1,196           |65.1            |117             |25.3                             

  Rest of South East     |957             |23.1            |2,099           |63.4            |157             |19.2                             

East Anglia              |204             |24.8            |442             |65.8            |33              |20.6                             

South West               |495             |27.2            |1,072           |66.8            |89              |24.4                             

West Midlands            |521             |26.0            |1,067           |65.8            |107             |25.8                             

East Midlands            |403             |25.8            |816             |65.1            |80              |25.7                             

Yorkshire and Humberside |512             |27.1            |1,053           |68.7            |112             |29.9                             

North West               |683             |28.7            |1,356           |69.4            |159             |32.7                             

North                    |360             |31.0            |707             |72.8            |94              |39.2                             

Wales                    |360             |32.8            |701             |73.6            |91              |39.9                             

Scotland                 |512             |27.0            |1,060           |68.7            |125             |32.8                             

                         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------         |-------                          

Great Britain            |5,662           |26.5            |11,569          |67.1            |1,166           |27.5                             

Source: Labour Force Survey-summer 1993 (not seasonally adjusted).                                                                              


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Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list for each standard occupational and industrial classification (a) the numbers employed, (b) the numbers unemployed and (c) the numbers of long-term unemployed under the International Labour Organisation classification where previous occupation or employment fell within each classification for each region and Great Britain as a whole at the latest date for which figures are available ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : This information is available from the summer 1993 labour force survey and can be obtained via the Quantime LFS service available in the Library.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will list for each region (a) the number of people unemployed, (b) the percentage of the total number who are unemployed and (c) the percentage of the labour force unemployed for 12 months or more for each month since January 1991 ; and if he will make a statement ;

(2) if he will list for each region (a) the number of people unemployed, (b) the percentage of the total number who are unemployed and (c) the percentage of the labour force unemployed for six months or more for each month since January 1991 ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : The information requested is available from the NOMIS database in the Library.

Training

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many people were participating in (a) employment training, (b) employment action, (c) the enterprise allowance scheme and (d) youth training in each region and in Great Britain as a whole in 1992-93 and 1993 -94 to date ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) if he will publish a table showing, for each region and for Great Britain as a whole, the destination of leavers from employment action, giving the most recent figures available and figures for each year since the scheme began, broken down by (a) full-time employment with their work experience employer, (b) full-time employment with another employer, (c) employment in their own business, (d) part-time employment, (e) voluntary employment, (f) another Government training programme, (g) full-time education or training course, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit, (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (j) job club and (k) other ; and if he will make a statement ;

(3) if he will publish a table showing for each region and for Great Britain as a whole the destination of leavers from youth training, giving the most recent figures available and figures for each year since the scheme began, broken down by (a) full-time employment with their work experience employer, (b) full-time employment with another


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employer, (c) employment in their own business, (d) part-time employment, (e) voluntary employment, (f) another Government training programme, (g) full-time education or training course, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit, (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (j) job club and (k) other ; and if he will make a statement ;

(4) if he will publish a table showing for each region and for Great Britain as a whole the destination of leavers from employment training, giving the most recent figures available and figures for each year since the scheme began, broken down by (a) full-time employment with their work experience employer, (b) full-time employment with another employer, (c) employment in their own business, (d) part-time employment, (e) voluntary employment, (f) another Government training programme, (g) full-time education or training course, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit, (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit, (j) job club and (k) other ; and if he will make a statement ;

(5) if he will publish a table showing for each region and for Great Britain as a whole during 1993 how many unemployed disabled people participated in (a) employment training, (b) restart and (c) training and enterprise council schemes and the destinations of those participating ; and if he will make a statement ;

(6) if he will list for each training and enterprise council the total number of leavers from training courses and the number and percentage who went on to (a) full-time employment, (b) part-time employment, (c) further training, (d) a further course, (e) further education, (f) unemployment and (g) other destinations in each quarter of 1993 ; and if he will make a statement ;

(7) if he will list for each training and enterprise council (a) the number of participating trainees who are over 40 years old, (b) the male to female ratio and (c) the number of disabled trainees ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : As the information is contained in a large number of tables, I shall write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library.

Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total expenditure on (a) employment training, (b) employment action, (c) the enterprise allowance scheme and (d) youth training in each region and in Great Britain as a whole in 1992-93 and 1993-94 to date ; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe : The information requested is in the following tables for each of the Employment Department regions.

The information for Scotland and Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friends, the Secretaries of State for Scotland and for Wales.


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Region                   |Employment Training|Employment Training|Employment Action  |Employment Action  |Training for Work                      

                         |1992-93 Fees<1>    |1992-93            |1992-93 Fees<1>    |1992-93            |planned provision                      

                                             |Allowances<2>                          |Allowances<2>                                              

                                                                                                         |1993-94<3>                             

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South East               |26,103,435         |-                  |5,297,520          |-                  |58,546,858                             

London                   |48,829,069         |-                  |9,615,545          |-                  |121,994,814                            

Eastern                  |11,377,369         |-                  |3,107,496          |-                  |47,941,033                             

South West               |25,130,165         |-                  |4,824,910          |-                  |63,155,516                             

West Midlands            |38,046,222         |-                  |5,906,981          |-                  |85,352,355                             

East Midlands            |25,278,836         |-                  |5,083,041          |-                  |55,034,206                             

Yorkshire and Humberside |43,622,900         |-                  |7,264,185          |-                  |98,032,276                             

Greater Manchester       |26,772,290         |-                  |4,685,380          |-                  |44,923,749                             

North West               |29,343,048         |-                  |4,952,157          |-                  |77,470,576                             

Northern                 |48,888,393         |-                  |4,163,560          |-                  |79,474,688                             

                         |------             |------             |------             |------             |------                                 

Total                    |323,391,727        |303,067,713        |54,900,775         |65,573,569         |727,926,071                            

                         |------             |------             |------             |------             |------                                 

National                 |326,418,091        |303,067,713        |<4>61,604,106      |<4>75,673,568      |781,826,600                            

<1>Employment Training and Employment Action superseded by Training for Work on 1 April 1993.                                                    

<2>Employment Training and Employment Action allowances were not allocated regionally.                                                           

<3>Training for Work planned provision includes both fees and allowances.                                                                        

<4>National figures for Employment Action include Scotland.                                                                                      


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