§ Mr. Field
asked the paymaster General if he will list those reports from Royal Commissions, official departmental committees or from ad hoc advisory groups established by his Department which have been published during the past 10 years by his Department—either totally or jointly with other Departments—and which have yet to be debated in the House.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 28 November 1980]: At 13 November the provisional number of unemployed people under 18 years of age in the area covered by the Stalybridge, Hyde and Glossop employment offices, who had not been in employment since completing full-time education was 197—89 males and 108 females. The unemployment statistics do not separately identify those who left school at particular times but the corresponding figure at 13 March 1980, the last count date before the Easter school leaving period, was 14—4 males and 10 females.
The youth opportunities programme is available to help unemployed young people, and I announced on 21 November 1980 that the Government has decided to expand YOP from 250–260,000 places in the current year to 430,000 to 440,000 places in 1981–82. The programme will focus particularly on the groups of young people in the immediate post school years.