§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the total number of persons employed under the job creation programme in Carlisle and Cumbria, respectively; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Golding
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the precise number of persons currently employed under the job creation programme in Carlisle and Cumbria is not readily available. However, the numbers of jobs approved on current projects are 210 in Carlisle and 1,651 in Cumbria.
To date, 487 JCP projects creating 4,309 job opportunities at a cost of £6.2 million have been approved in Cumbria, 77 of these projects providing 470 jobs at a cost of £558,000 were in Carlisle.
All JCP projects have to terminate by 31st December 1978. From 1st April, opportunities for training and work experience will be available for young people under the youth opportunities programme, and the special temporary employment programme will begin to provide jobs for the longer-term unemployed in areas hardest hit by unemployment.