HC Deb 18 June 1981 vol 6 cc442-3W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the ratio of staff employed in the general placing service division to the number of unemployed claimants for each of the last five years in (a) United Kingdom as a whole, (b) each region, (c) each employment services division area and (d) Bishop Auckland constituency.

Mr. Peter Morrison

[pursuant to his reply, 16 June 1981]: The information in the following table shows the ratio of unemployed claimants to staff in the general placing service in local offices. Figures for Great Britain rather than the United Kingdom are given because the Manpower Services Commission does not operate in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his answer of 21 May, Official Report, c. 145, what staff savings, broken down by job performed, are currently proposed in the general placing service staff at the employment services division of the Manpower Services Commission, including the staff in the divisions head office, area offices and district managers' offices, for each year until 1985; and what staff savings were proposed in 1980 for that total staff in each year until 1985.

Mr. Peter Morrison

[pursuant to his reply, 16 June 1981]: The following information has been provided by the Manpower Services Commission about the staff savings proposed in the general placing service of the employment services division including staff in the division's head office, area and district managers' offices. It is not possible to break these reductions down by jobs performed because precise reductions to specific functions within the general placing service are decided by area management on an annual basis, depending upon the overall resource available and the likely demands on the service at the time.

Following is the information:

Projected Staffing Levels
current plans 1980 proposals
April 1981* 7,693 (-179)
April 1982 7,448 (-245) 7,448 (-245)
April 1983 7,070 (-378) 7,055 (-393)
April 1984 6,872 (-198) 7,121 (+ 66)
April 1985 6,848 (- 24) 7,120 (- 1)
(-845) (-752)
* Includes planned reduction of 179 during 1980–81.
Target of occupied places for special temporary employment programmel community enterprise programme by financial year end:
Special Temporary Employment Programme Community Enterprise Programme
Year 1 March 1979 Year 2 March 1980 Year 3 March 1981 Year 4 March 1982
(a) (b)
GREAT BRITAIN 25,000 35,000 12,500 12,500 25,000
Manpower Services Commission Regions
London N/A 990 990 1,990
South-East 1,250
South-West 360 360 1,110
Midlands 1,110 1,110 3,110
Yorks and Humberside N/A N/A 1,360 1,360 2,610
North-West 2,660 2,660 4,910
Northern 1,930 1,930 3,180
Wales 1,300 1,300 2,175
Scotland 2,790 2,790 4,665
(a) Original target for 1979–1980
(b)Target set following June 1979 reduction in special temporary employment programme budget and geographical restriction in programme.

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