HL Deb 22 November 1984 vol 457 cc753-4WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What use has been made of Section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976 by the Manpower Services Commission or any of the managing agents of youth training schemes, to afford black young people access to facilities for training in skills where the proportion of black people doing work requiring these skills is small in comparison with the proportion of black people among the population of Great Britain.

The Minister Without Portfolio (Lord Young of Graffham)

The Manpower Services Commission actively encourages managing agents and sponsors of youth training schemes to consider providing schemes which meet the needs of particular ethnic groups. Although there have been no applications from sponsors so far for designation under Section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976, a number of youth training scheme courses already cater largely for the needs of youngsters from ethnic minority groups. I am satisfied that the needs of all eligible youngsters are being adequately met under the youth training scheme.