§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers have qualified for allowances and grants under the Nucleus Labour Force Scheme; and what has been the cost to public funds in each year since the scheme was introduced.
§ Mr. Golding
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that statistics of the number of workers who have qualified for assistance under the scheme are available only from the period482W
The total expenditure by the Training Services Agency on advertising in the calendar year 1976 was £664,072, of which £212,512 was spent on the direct recruitment of TOPS trainees. Quarterly figures are as follows: March—£42,696; June—£50,642; September—£45,524; December—£73,650.
Information about training vacancies is available only in respect of skill-centres:
1st March 1965 to 30th September 1976. Details of expenditure are available only in respect of the calendar years 1973 to 1975 inclusive. The information available is given in the table below.
Period Number of workers Expenditure £ 1st March 1965—31st December 1967 166 — 1968 182 — 1969 428 — 1970 112 — 1971 57 — 1972 86 — 1973 44 12,096 1974 45 2,297 1975 18 2,534 1st January 1976—30th September 1976 23 —