§ Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what steps he is taking regarding the employment of young blacks in the Greater London area.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
The employment prospects for young blacks, as for all groups, depend fundamentally on the success of the Government's economic policies designed to bring down inflation and create an economic climate in which investment and growth will create more jobs. In the meantime, the youth opportunities programme and community industry (for young people under 19) and the special temporary employment programme, amongst other schemes, will continue to help unemployed young people, whether black or white, in the Greater London area, by providing work experience and temporary employment. Employment prospects can also be helped through training provided by the Manpower Services Commission's skillcentres and training opportunities scheme.