§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the percentage of apprenticeships gained by entrants to industry in Wales and England, respectively, in each of the years from 1979 to 1982.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The available figures from the new entrants survey are as follows:
Percentage of first entrants* to employment† gaining apprenticeships Wales England Males Females Total Males Females Total 1979 33 5 22 37 7 23 1980 31 7 20 35 8 23
* The coverage varies slightly from year to year because of the nature of the surveys. The figures for 1979 relate to persons aged 16 and 17 entering their first employment in that year and those for 1980 relate to persons aged 16, 17 and 18 entering their first employment in that year. The figures are still subject to minor revision.
† All industries and services.
Figures for 1981 and 1982 are not available.