HC Deb 02 July 1982 vol 26 cc399-400W
Mr. McMahon

asked the Prime Minister why, having regard to the high level of youth unemployment, the Manpower Services Commission special programmes division in Glasgow informed Mr. G. P. Woolard, of Macleod, Paxton Woolard and Company of Glasgow that no young people were available at this time to fill an approved place under the youth opportunities scheme due to a surplus of applications.

The Prime Minister

The youth opportunities programme requires a variety of kinds of place in order to provide appropriate opportunities for participants, and because of the pattern of school leaving dates there are sometimes more places of a particular type than appropriate candidates, even in areas of high unemployment. The place offered by Messrs. MacLeod Paxton Woolard and Company, in common with a number of other schemes recently approved in Glasgow, was for a young person with clerical ability. The Manpower Services Commission has assured the company that suitable young people should become available when summer school leavers come on to the unemployment register.