§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many applications have so far been received in Wales, and how many granted, for the employment of persons on the work experience scheme in the agricultural sector.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
The Manpower Services Commission informs me that under the original work experience programme up to May this year, 189 schemes, providing 282 places in the agriculture sector, had been approved in Wales. Details of rejected applications according to sector could not be provided without disproportionate expense. Under the work experience element in the new youth opportunities programme, introduced on 1st April this year, 55 applications relating to agricultural employers have so far been received, of which 18, offering 23 places, have been approved to date.