HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 cc235-6W
Mr. Madel

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he has received the report of the committee chaired by Lord Melchett reviewing the role and objectives of community industry; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Morrison

I have received a copy of the community industry review report, and I understand copies of the report have also been sent to the other parties represented on the review committee, who will of course be considering it. Meanwhile, I welcome the report as setting out the way in which community industry can continue to work on behalf of the young unemployed, alongside our other special employment measures. The report makes some useful recommendations about the way the scheme could develop as a company limited by guarantee, extending help to particularly disadvantaged young people aged 18 and over, and establishing regular co-ordination with the Manpower Services Commission's special programmes. I am sure that the report will provide a basis on which my Department, the Manpower Services Commission and community industry can work together in taking the scheme forward into the 1980s.