§ Mr. Ray Powell
asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many unemployed (a) men and (b) women are currently engaged in the Government's community programme in Wales; and whether sufficient places are being sponsored to absorb those eligible;
(2) how many unemplpoyed (a) men and (b) women are currently engaged in the Government's community programme in the Port Talbot, Bridgend and Maesteg travel-to-work areas; and whether sufficient places are being sponsored by organisations to absorb those eligible.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
Separate figures for men and women are not available.
The programme is voluntary and not all those eligible can be expected to participate. The provisional target in Wales is for some 9,600 filled places by the end of September 1983.
Details of the numbers of places both approved and filled as at 31 March 1983 are as follows:
Places approved of which places filled Wales 5,507 3,341 Port Talbot employment office area 48 43 Bridgend and Maesteg employment office area 255 201