HC Deb 09 July 1979 vol 970 cc70-1W
Mr. George Robertson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish full details, by activity, of the cuts in the budget of the Manpower Services Commission in Scotland in the current financial year.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

Cuts in the Manpower Services Commission's budget in Scotland will affect mainly the youth opportunities programme and the training opportunities scheme. Savings of £3.8 million in YOP will be achieved by a shift towards less expensive opportunities and by a slight reduction in the length of time for which young people remain in the programme. The withdrawal of some courses, mainly in clerical and commercial courses, will reduce TOPS expenditure by £2.2 million. Planned expansion of the community industry scheme will be cut back slightly.

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