HC Deb 24 March 1981 vol 1 cc299-300W
52. Mr. Hicks

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has any further proposals to extend training and re-training opportunities with specific reference to the requirements of rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Morrison

My right hon. Friend has asked the Manpower Services Commission, within the constraints of available resources, to make every effort to maintain the effectiveness and relevance of its training services throughout the country, including rural areas.

As my hon. Friend will know, last November my right hon. Friend announced a major expansion in the youth opportunities programme for the young unemployed —including those in rural areas— and the amount and quality of training in this programme is constantly being improved.