§ 21. Mr. Sutcliffe
asked the Secretary of State for Employment to what extent the revised level of allowances puts an unemployed 16 year old in a better financial position when undergoing industrial appreciation training than he would be simply drawing unemployment benefit or supplementary benefit.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
A young man aged 16 years undertaking an industrial appreciation course of training arranged by my Department would receive a training allowance of £5.35 a week. This gives a lead over unemployment benefit of £1.30 a week. Rates of supplementary benefit depend upon the circumstances and needs of the individual concerned and are not, therefore, strictly comparable.