§ 27. Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the total number of people currently undertaking recognised apprenticeships; and how this compares with corresponding figures for each of the past three years.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The number of people undertaking apprenticeships in manufacturing industry (excluding shipbuilding) in each of the years 1979–1982 is estimated as follows:
Numbers 1979 153,100 1980 149,500 1981 147,600 1982 114,100
Figures for the non-manufacturing sector are not available.