HC Deb 20 April 1982 vol 22 cc73-4W
Mr. Craigen

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the reasons for the transfer of the community enterprise programme from the special programme division of the Manpower Services Commission to the employment services division; and how much is expected to be spent on the community enterprise programme, during 1982–83.

Mr. Alison

The decision to transfer responsibility for the administration of the community enterprise programme from the Manpower Services Commission's special programmes division to its employment services division follows from the commission's decision to form

Directly employed NHS staff in England: 30 September.
Ratio of nursing and midwifery staff to administrative and clerical staff.*
Whole-time equivalent staff
1971* 1975 1976 1981 (provisional)
(a) England
Nursing and Midwifery† 285,400 336,600 341,700 392,200
Administration and Clerical 70,400 91,900 98,500 108,600
Ratio of nursing and midwifery to A & C staff 4.1: 1 3.7: 1 3.5: 1 3.6: 1
(b) West Midlands
Nursing and Midwifery† N/A 33,200 35,200 41,000
Administration and Clerical N/A 9,200 9,600 10,800
Ratio of nursing and midwifery to A & C staff N/A 3.6: 1 3.7: 1 3.8: 1

a single new division which will be responsible for all aspects of MSC training activities. These activities are currently the responsibility of the training services division and that part of the special programmes division which administers the youth opportunities programme. The transfer is expected to take place later in the summer.

The community enterprise programme is an employment programme which provides temporary employment on schemes of community benefit for people who have been unemployed for a long time. It is appropriate that the employment services division, which is responsible for MSC's employment and rehabilitation services and is in the best position to establish the needs of unemployed people, should assume responsibility for the CEP.

Excluding the Manpower Services Commission's administration costs, the funds available for reimbursement to sponsors, under the community enterprise programme in 1982–83, total £145 million.