§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of jobs (a) saved as a result of the Temporary Employment Subsidy and (b) created by all other measures (a) on Merseyside and (b) in the North-West Region.
§ Mr. John Fraser
The following information relates to the jobs created or saved on Merseyside and in the North-West Region as a result of the various schemes which are administered—or largely financed—either directly by my Department or by the Manpower Services Commission.
(a) Temporary Employment Subsidy—Up to 19th March, 10 applications from Merseyside involving 903 jobs had been approved. For the North-West Region as a whole, 91 applications involving 8,533 jobs had been approved.
(b) Jobs Created: The Community Industry Scheme, which is largely financed by my Department, and the Manpower Services Commission's job creation programme directly provide additional job opportunities. In addition, the Recruitment Subsidy Scheme administered by my Department, although primarily concerned with encouraging the recruitment of school leavers, may in fact increase the number of jobs available. One hundred and seven projects under the Job Creation Scheme have been approved on Merseyside, involving 1,782 jobs. A total of 197 projects in the North-West Region have been approved, involving 2,540 jobs.
The Community Industry Scheme has two units on Merseyside, which have been expanded over recent months and now offer a total of 350 places. There are two more units in the remainder of the North-West Region, one of which is 357W a new one, which together offer a further 150 places.
Applications under the Recruitment Subsidy Scheme in respect of 1,534 school leavers in the Mersey side Special Development Area have been approved. There have been 2,749 applications approved for the North-West Region as a whole.