§ Lord Blease
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in view of the importance given by the Northern Ireland Office to the Action for Community Employment Scheme (ACE), they will publish details of the employment projects in which the 2,050 persons officially stated on 6.6.83 are temporarily employed under the ACE Scheme, with respect to:—
- 1. The total number employed—
- (i) (a) male, (b) female;
- (ii) by each of the district councils;
- (iii) in each of the "travel to work areas";
- (iv) by the public sector (a) Government departments (b) statutory bodies;
- (v) by private industry in (a) manufacturing, (b) agriculture; (c) transport, (d) distribution, and (e) services;
- (vi) by voluntary/community groups (a) church organisations (b) sports clubs/associations, (c) welfare/care bodies (d) trade union/industrial organisations.
- 2. A numerical pattern of the age groups employed; and,
- 3. A profile of the type of work/skills and occupational qualifications required and/or acquired by persons directly employed by the ACE Scheme, other than those involved in the administration.
§ The Earl of Mansfield
It is regretted that the information requested cannot be provided in full in the form requested without incurring disproportionate expense.
At 17th June (the latest date for which total figures are available), a total of 1,053 projects had been approved, involving the employment of 3,496 longterm unemployed: 777 projects had actually commenced, providing 2.548 places. A breakdown of the approved projects and places by type of sponsor is as follows:
Projects Places District Councils 112 837 Other Public Bodies 41 159 Voluntary Bodies 895 2,483 Private Sector 5 17 1,053 3,496
Of the 41 projects being undertaken by other public bodies, three (involving five jobs) are directly related to the work of the Department of the environment in the areas of historic monuments, conservation and the design and construction of archaeological exhibitions. The private enterprise sector has sponsored five projects, involving a total of 12 jobs in the field of environmental/restoration work of benefit to the community.
A more detailed analysis of the location and types of work generated was last carried out on 6th May 1983 and showed the following, in respect of 3,051 approved places:
LOCATION Belfast 1,043 North Eastern Outer Belfast Ballymena 161 Bangor 32 Coleraine 133 Carrickfergus 35 Western Larne 19 Cookstown 89 Lisburn 34 Dungannon 194 Newtownards 36 Southern North Western Armagh 132 Londonderry 246 Craigavon 222 Strabane 87 Downpatrick 137 Enniskillen 104 Newry 225 Omagh 122 TOTAL 3,051
TYPE OF WORK/SKILLS INVOLVED Type of work No. of places approved (1) Clerical 151 (2) Community work 755 (3) Environmental 802 (4) Building and repair 1,219 (5) Exhibitions 44 (6) Survey/research 80 TOTAL 3,051
Records are not presently kept of the sex or age pattern of those recruited under the scheme. The scheme has been highly successful so far, and additional funding enabled the target number of places (2,050) for the 1982–83 financial year to be raised to 3,500 (full-time and part-time) jobs for the year ending 31st March 1984.