§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to increase the training facilities for young people (a) on Merseyside, (b) in Kirkby, (c) in Ormskirk and (d) in the North West.
§ Mr. Golding
In 1976 the Training Services Agency plans to provide directly short vocational courses for about 1,000 unemployed young people in the Agency's north-west region. The extent to which this may be increased will depend on demand from young people, local labour market conditions and the availability of suitable training facilities. Fifty-three per cent. of the training places currently available in the North-West are on Merseyside, including Kirkby and Ormskirk, for which separate statistics are not available. Young people in the North-West can also expect to benefit from the effects of the financial incentives which are again being offered through the TSA and Industrial Training Boards for employers prepared to engage additional employees for long-term training.