§ Mr. Fosterasked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give (a) the total cost of each special employment programme for each year since 1977, (b) the estimated average cost for each programme for 1982–83 and 1983–84, (c) the estimated numbers participating in each programme for 1982–83 and 1983–84, (d) the estimated average length of stay on each programme for 1982–83, 1983–84 and (e) the estimated number of participants in each programme for 1982–83 and 1983–84 as a percentage of the registered unemployed.

§ Mr. AlisonIt is not possible to provide forecasts of the total numbers of people expected to participate in all special measures in 1983–84 or the total cost of the measures during the same financial year. It is also not possible to provide information on the average length of stay or the expected level of unemployment during 1982–83 or 1983–84. The following table 1 gives the cost of the measures for the financial years 1977 to 1981 and the estimates for the year 1981–82. Table 2 details the estimate for the current financial year and the present estimates of the numbers that will be supported.

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TABLE 2 Estimates far 1982–83 Estimated numbers supported in 1982–83 £ million Temporary Short Time Working Compensation Scheme 118 ^{*}Job Release Scheme 243.5 95,000† Youth Opportunities Programme 729.5 265,000‡ Community Enterprise Programme 149 30,000‡ Community Industry 24 7,100‡ Young Workers Scheme 58.9 135,000† Enterprise Allowance ║ ║ Notes ^{*}Not available.† Estimated numbers on scheme at March 1983. ‡ Average number of filled places in 1982–83. ║ The scheme is being run as a pilot experiment in selected areas. An estimate of £2.3 million has been allocated for this financial year.