HC Deb 17 April 1985 vol 77 cc188-9W
21. Mr. David Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of unemployed young people in the Glasgow eastern area renewal area; how many are on temporary job schemes; what percentage of the young population of the area those totals represent; and how many vacancies are available to them in the careers offices in the Glasgow eastern area renewal area.

Mr. Allan Stewart

Unemployment figures are not compiled for the Glasgow eastern area renewal area of Glasgow. However, at 10 January 1985, the latest date for which the information is available, there were 1,251 unemployed claimants aged 16–17 in the areas covered by the Parkhead and Glasgow central jobcentres, within which the GEAR area is located.

Unemployment percentage rates are not calculated for areas smaller than travel-to-work areas and then not by age. The Glasgow travel-to-work area, within which the GEAR area lies, had an unemployment rate of 17.70 per cent. at 10 January 1985.

Information about the number of young people in the GEAR area on the full range of temporary job schemes is not available: in particular figures for the young workers scheme are compiled only at the all Scotland level. There are currently some 10 participants in the training and employment grants scheme in the GEAR area. The number of approved places, similarly, for the youth training scheme, which is of course a training measure, is 974.

For the month of March 1985 the number of unfilled vacancies at the Glasgow Bridgeton and Parkhead careers offices, which also hold vacancies for outwith the GEAR area, was 37. Jobcentres in the locality will also carry some vacancies for which young people would be eligible.