§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many handicapped school leavers have entered the Manpower Services Commission youth opportunities programme for each year since its inception.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
[pursuant to his reply 18 May 1981 c. 11]: It is not possible to say how many disabled young people—including the mentally handicapped—participated in the youth opportunities programme in its first two operational years—April to March. In the period April 1980 to March 1981 inclusive some 9,500 young people who were known to be disabled entered the programme, but it is impossible to say what proportion of these were school leavers.