HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc54-5W
Mr. Harold

Walker asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current number of places available for trainees under the training opportunities programme; what estimate he has made of the number of places that will be available in each of the next two years; and how these compare with the numbers of places in each of the last five years.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The table below shows the numbers of entrants to training courses under the training opportunities scheme for each of the past five years, with the number expected in 1981–82. The Manpower Services Commission's estimates for 1982–83 will be published shortly in the commission's corporate plan.

Year Estimate
1976–77 121,160
1977–78 88,670
1978–79 94,990

Year Estimate
1979–80 87,990
1980–81 79,740
1981–82 71,100

The figures for 1976–77 include figures for young people. Since 1978, when the youth opportunities programme was introduced, training for young people has been linked to this programme rather than TOPS.