HC Deb 18 May 1981 vol 5 c38W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many adult training centre places have been available to handicapped school leavers each year since 1974.

Sir George Young

Local authorities are responsible for the allocation of places in adult training centres; information on the number allocated to handicapped school leavers is not collected centrally.

The total number of places available on 31 March each year since 1974 was as follows:

Year Number
1974 31,604
1975 34,245
1976 36,638
1977 38,682
1978 40,787
1979 42,061
1980 42,337

Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that handicapped school leavers who participate in youth opportunity programme courses for those with special needs are not thereby made ineligible for placement in adult training centres.

Sir George Young

Participation in a youth opportunity programme course for those with special needs does not of itself make a person ineligible for placement in an adult training centre subsequently. The acceptance of an individual at such a centre is a matter for the local authority concerned. If the hon. Member has a specific case in mind, perhaps he could write to me.