§ Mr. Knox
Does my right hon. Friend agree that much better industrial training facilities should be available for the unemployed to ensure that their period of unemployment is not a complete waste of time, and to ensure also that, when the economy expands again, it will not be restricted by shortages of skilled labour? Does the Manpower Services Commission have plans to expand such industrial training?
§ Mr. Prior
The MSC has plans to expand training generally. It is restricted by the amount of money that is available. I am discussing with the commission, which in turn is discussing with others, how to make better use of our existing training resources so that we train people for the jobs that will be required.
§ Mr. Christopher Price
When will the Secretary of State make his announcement about training facilities, especially for youngsters? Is he aware of the appalling social disruption caused by young people on the dole, especially in inner London—a problem that becomes worse every day? When will he come forward with plans not only for training, but for training that leads to secure jobs?
§ Mr. Prior
As I have tried to say time and again this afternoon, the only way to obtain secure jobs is through an upturn in the economy which produces 1094 real jobs. We have to ensure that, in the present recession, we train both youngsters and other people for the jobs that will be required when the economy turns upwards. I announced this afternoon that I hope to be able to make a statement early in the new Session.