HC Deb 04 February 1982 vol 17 cc181-2W
Q49. Mr. Foulkes

asked the Prime Minister what action she has taken to ensure the fulfilment of her pledge given in the House on 27 July 1981, Official Report, Volume 9, column 836, that a further £4 million will be spent in 1981–82 for voluntary work in connection with the community enterprise programme.

The Prime Minister

As I proposed on 27 July, we made available additional funds to promote voluntary service in connection with the community enterprise programme, which already had provision for long-term unemployed people to be given temporary jobs organising voluntary work. Despite extensive discussions between the Manpower Services Commission and voluntary organisations, there have not been sufficient additional projects sponsored by voluntary organisations to account for the additional £4 million in 1981–82. We are therefore considering alternative ways of meeting the aim of this proposal.