§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish the number of extra careers officer appointments allocated to each region of the United Kingdom and for the United Kingdom as a whole.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
On 21 November 1980 my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced the provision of an additional 200 posts under the Government's existing scheme to strengthen the careers service in dealing with unemployment. The posts have been allocated as follows in relation to the numbers of young people who have been 373W registered as unemployed with the careers service for six weeks or more plus those participating in the youth opportunities programme:
Region Latest Allocation Total Allocation London 21 61 Midlands 52 171 Northern 8 115 North-Western 21 168 South-Eastern 28 94 South-Western 13 63 Yorkshire and Humberside 33 116 SCOTLAND 10 115 WALES 14 91
The posts are divided approximately equally between careers officers and employment assistants. My right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales are responsible for arrangements under the scheme in their countries. I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland that the staffing of the careers service in the Province is currently under review.