HC Deb 16 November 1982 vol 32 cc85-6W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he intends that young people should have to be unemployed for a period after leaving school before being eligible for a place under the youth training scheme.

Mr. Peter Morrison

No decision has yet been taken on this.

Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why young people refusing a place on a youth training scheme will have their supplementary benefit cut by 40 per cent. for six weeks.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The youth training scheme will offer young people a full year of foundation training. It is our belief that anyone unreasonably refusing a suitable training place should be treated in the same way as people who refuse a suitable job or offer of training under the training opportunities programme.

Mr. Pitt

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the latest figures, broken down by Standard Industrial Classification, of unemployment in the travel-to-work areas covering the parliamentary constituency of Bermondsey.

Mr. Alison

[pursuant to his reply, 15 November 1982, c. 26]: There are no separate travel-to-work areas within Greater London and the following table gives the information for the Bermondsey employment office area at May 1982, the last date for which an industrial analysis was made. The figures relate to the numbers of people registered as unemployed in the Bermondsey employment office area who last worked in the industries specified.

Standard Industrial Classification, 1968 Number
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 2
Mining and quarrying 1
Food, drink and tobacco 127
Standard Industrial Classification, 1968 Number
Coal and petroleum products 2
Chemicals and allied industries 15
Metal manufacture 2
Mechanical engineering 28
Instrument engineering 5
Electrical engineering 7
Shipbuilding and marine engineering 4
Vehicles 6
Metal goods not elsewhere specified 30
Textiles 5
Leather, leather goods and fur 8
Clothing and footwear 28
Bricks, pottery, glass, cement, etc. 5
Timber, furniture, etc. 36
Paper, printing and publishing 75
Other manufacturing industries 9
Construction 191
Gas, electricity and water 6
Transport and communication 180
Distributive trades 316
Insurance, banking, finance and business services 77
Professional and scientific services 59
Miscellaneous services 261
Public administration and defence 93
Not classified by industry (including school leavers) 646
Total 2,224