§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many Manpower Services Commission schemes in the county of Dyfed have not materialised over the past month; why they have been abandoned; and how many individuals have been affected by the abandonment of such schemes.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that none of its schemes in Dyfed has been abandoned. However, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment indicated in his statement of 16 November—[Vol. 48, c. 481–82]—places on the community programme have been filled faster than budgeted and the Manpower Services Commission will be carefully controlling the filling of places for the remainder of this financial year. This has meant that in Dyfed 11 community programme schemes approved before November 1983 and providing 68 places are being deferred until the position is reviewed in the new year.