HC Deb 14 March 1977 vol 928 cc51-3W
Mr. Richard Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list in the Official Report the towns, indicating their population, where his Department now has skillcentres.

Mr. Golding

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 28th February 1977; Vol. 927, c. 42], gave the following information:

The Manpower Services Commission is now responsible for all matters relating to training, operating through the Train-

TSA Region Skillcentre Local Authority District Total population (thousands) (1974)
Scotland Bellshill (A) Motherwell 160.8
Dumbarton Dumbarton 79.1
Dundee Dundee City 196.4
Dunfermline Dunfermline 124.9
Edinburgh (A) Edinburgh 475.0
Glasgow (A) (Hillington) Glasgow City 905.1
Irvine Cunninghame 129.8
Port Glasgow Inverclyde 107.3
Glasgow (Queenslie) Monklands 109.2
North-East Killingworth Newcastle on Tyne 297.0
Felling on Tyne (A) Gateshead 222.3
Durham (A) Durham 88.2
Darlington Darlington 97.5
Billingham on Tees Stockton on Tees 162.5
Middlesbrough (A) Middlesbrough 153.9
Hull Kingston upon Hull 278.8
Bradford Bradford 461.0
Wakefield Wakefield 305.3
Leeds (A) Leeds 748.3
North-West Maryport Allerdale 94.5
Blackburn Blackburn 142.1
Manchester (Trafford Park) Manchester 516.1
Manchester (Denton) Tameside 226.6
Hindley (A) Wigan 306.6
Rochdale Rochdale 210.6
St. Helens (A) St. Helens 193.5
Liverpool Liverpool 561.1
Runcorn Halton 106.2
Midlands Sheffield (2A) Sheffield 561.5
Long Eaton (A) Nottingham 287.6
Kirkby in Ashfield Ashfield 102.4
North Staffordshire Stoke on Trent 258.3
Leicester Leicester 287.3
Wolverhampton Wolverhampton 268.2
Dudley Dudley 298.7
Birmingham (Handsworth) (A) Birmingham 1,086.5
Birmingham (Castle Bromwich) Birmingham 1,086.5
Coventry (A) Coventry 335.3
Wales and West Wrexham Wrexham Maelor 107.2
Newport Newport 134.7
West Gwent (A) Newport 134.7
Llanelli Llanelli 76.8
Cardiff (2A) Cardiff 284.7
Port Talbot Afan 58.6

ing Services Agency (TSA), and the list below shows TSA skillcentres expected to be operating in April 1977, together with the local authority districts in which they are situated and the latest—1974—official estimates of population. It should be borne in mind that the effective catchment area of each centre, as measured by places within daily travelling distance, is normally much wider than the district. Moreover, in the case of Greater London, the extent to which trainees travel to other parts of the conurbation makes it misleading to show any figures for individual London boroughs.

TSA Region Skillcentre Local Authority District Total population (thousands) (1974)
Gloucester (A) Gloucester 91.0
Bristol (A) Bristol 418.6
Plymouth (2A) Plymouth 251.2
South-East Peterborough Peterborough 111.3
Norwich Norwich 119.8
Ipswich* Ipswich 122.5
Milton Keynes Milton Keynes 78.0
Letch worth North Hertfordshire 103.7
Basildon (A) Basildon 137.6
Slough (A) Slough 101.8
Medway (A) Medway 143.8
West Sussex (A) Worthing 89.3
Portsmouth Portsmouth 200.0
Southampton (A) Southampton 213.0
London Enfield (A) Greater London 7,162.3
Perivale (A)
Twickenham (A)
Waddon (A)
Local Authority Vital Statistics 1974 (England and Wales) OPCS.
Annual Report 1974 Part 2—population and vital statistics (Registrar General Scotland)
1. * Ipswich skillcentre was handed over to TSA on 15th December 1976 but a training start will not be made until early April 1977.
2. The Letter (A) by the name of a skillcentre indicates that training is also carried out in a separate Annexe. A few of these are situated in other local authority districts.