HC Deb 12 November 1980 vol 992 cc186-7W
Mr. Needham

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether any change will be made to the cash limits of the Manpower Services Commission.

Mr. Prior

Subject to parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimates the total grant-to-aid to the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) will be increased from £742.143 million to £752.593 million by transferring £10 million from the special temporary employment programme (STEP)—Class IV, 17 Vote and £0.45 million from the Department of Education and Science (DES)—Class X, Vote 5.

The £10 million from STEP is required by MSC to meet the increased demand for places under the youth opportunities programme. The transfer of £0.45 million from the DES will allow increased demand to be met by the scheme for training and retraining teachers in shortage subjects which MSC administers on behalf of the DES.

The increase on the total grant-in-aid will require consequential adjustments to other cash limits, namely:

will provide comparable figures for the same dates in 1978 and 1979.

Mr. Jim Lester

[pursuant to his reply, 6 November 1980, c. 622]: The following table gives the numbers of registered unemployed young people aged 18 years and under who, at the count dates in October of each of the years specified, had not been in employment since completing full-time education. Work experience and training opportunities have been and will be available for these young people under the youth opportunities

Careers office 12 October 1978 11 October 1979 9 October 1980
Manchester 197 164 291
North Manchester 55 57 189
Openshaw 105 79 170
Withington 150 108 255
Wythenshawe 200 165 361
Employment office/Jobcentre 12 October 1978 11 October 1979 9 October 1980
Manchester 96 62 193
Manchester City 10 4
Beswick Included in Openshaw 6
Didsbury 45 40 28
Droylsden Included in Openshaw 4
Longsight (formerly Levenshulme) 46 58 129
Moss side 251 276 343
Newton Heath 9 32 68
Openshaw 11 8 Included in Beswick and Droylsden
Wythenshawe 28 10 17
Note: The figures from October 1979 are not strictly comparable with those for earlier dates because of the introduction of fortnightly attendance and payment of benefit. Estimates by age or for local areas are not available but for the country as a whole the monthly figures for all unemployed are about 20,000 or 1½ per cent. higher than under weekly attendance.