HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 cc353-4W
44. Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what further measures he intends to take to alleviate teenage unemployment.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The employment situation for young people is beginning to improve as a result of the various measures already taken. My right hon. Friend is considering a possible expansion of the Community Industry Scheme and he is keeping a close watch on the position, particularly in the assisted areas to determine if any further action needs to be taken.

Dr. Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will now make a statement about future Government assistance to the Community Industry Scheme.

Mr. Dudley Smith

I have as yet nothing to add to my reply to the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) on 7th November.—[Vol. 845, c. 795–6.]

Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he hopes to complete the study of the report for 1st January—31st August sent to him by the organisers of Community Industry, the experimental project set up to combat the problem of teenage unemployment, who have requested a renewed Government grant of £20 million to guarantee the project's continuation until the end of March 1976; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Dudley Smith

My right hon. Friend hopes to complete his study of the report on Community Industry shortly and a statement will be made as soon as possible. The scheme has meanwhile been extended to 31st March 1973 to allow Community Industry to use the whole of its original grant.