§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received from local authorities with regard to the Manpower Services Commission's community programme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
Since the community programme was announced in April 1982, Ministers in his Department have written to some 50 local authorities in response to various representations in connection with the programme. The representations have included points arising from the temporary moratorium which was imposed on the programme from 16 November 1983 to 10 January 1984; difficulties encountered in obtaining trades union support for proposed programme projects and rejections of proposals for projects.