§ 14. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the current levels of self-employment.
§ Mr. Bruce
I thank my hon. Friend for that encouraging reply. It shows that, if those figures were taken together with the employed population, unemployment would be well below 10 per cent. Has my hon. Friend 917 any plans to ensure that self-employed people are helped by Government to sell their services and products to Government?
§ Mr. Cope
We help small firms as much as we can to tender for Government contracts. A booklet, "Tendering for Government Contracts", is available from the Department's small firms service. With our encouragement, a number of Departments are publishing similar guidance for small firms on the opportunities to do business with Government.
§ Miss Mowlam
Very few young people are self-employed. After April, self-employment for young people may take on a new definition, because they will either have to be on benefit or on YTS. Will the Minister guarantee that he will provide a YTS place for every 16 and 17-yearold, as the Secretary of State for Social Services is unprepared to give that guarantee?