HC Deb 30 June 1980 vol 987 cc407-8W
Mr. James Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial and manpower resources the Manpower Services Commission now has to help unemployed school leavers in Scotland.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

It is not possible to identify separately the financial and manpower resources available to the Manpower Services Commission to help unemployed school leavers in Scotland to find employment or training opportunities. The Commission has a planned budget of £25.4 million for the operation of the youth opportunities programme for unemployed young people, including school leavers, and 193 staff in its special programmes area offices in Scotland who administer the youth opportunities programme and the special temporary em- ployment programme for adults. These figures represent an increase of £7.9 million and 30 staff over 1979–80. The youth opportunities programme will provide places for 37,000 entrants, about two thirds of whom will be school leavers, in Scotland in 1980–81, an increase of 6,500 over last year.