§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the figures for (a) the number of new jobs created and (b) the number of school leavers entering the job market for each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
Estimates of the number of new jobs created, which can be defined in differing ways, are not available. Estimated numbers of school leavers in Great Britain available for employment in the years requested are shown in the following table.
Academic year ending 31 August Estimated numbers of school-leavers available for employment* (thousands) 1975 630 1976 640 1977 670 1978 690 1979 690 1980 680 1981 630 1982 630 1983 650 1984† 630 * All leavers less those expected to enter either full-time further education or temporary employment pending entry to full-time further education. † Estimate subject to revision.