HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 cc139-40W
17. Mr. Hirst

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobs have been created in Scotland since June 1983; and how many people in Scotland are currently in employment or full-time training compared with the total in June 1983.

Mr. Younger

23,830 new jobs were associated with offers of selective financial assistance over the period 1 July 1983 to 18 April 1985. The seasonally adjusted number of employees in employment has risen by 23,000 from 1,912,000 in June 1983 to 1,935,000 in December 1984. No statistics are compiled on the training provided directly by employers but the numbers engaged on the Manpower Services Commission's TOPS, YTS and youth opportunities programmes were 24,461 in June 1983 and 34,648 in March 1985.