§ Mr. Gwynfor Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he will enable persons under 19 years of age in Wales 523W to be helped immediately under the youth opportunities programme.
§ Mr. Alec Jones
Opportunities under the programme are available to unemployed young persons under 19 provided they have been unemployed for six weeks or more and that, if they have left school after the start of the summer term, they do not take up a place in the programme until 1st September. These arrangements are intended to ensure that places on the programme go to those in greatest need.
16 and 17 years 18 and 19 years Totals (a) Wales. 9,026 9,229 18,255 (b)Dyfed 802 960 1,762 (c) Carmarthen (Employment Office Area)* 55 76 131 * Figures for parliamentary constituencies cannot be reliably calculated.