§ Mr. Baldry
asked the Paymaster General if he will make a statement on the latest progress towards increasing the number of places on the community programme.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
The community programme is being expanded by 100,000 places to 230,000 filled places by the end of May 1986 with an interim target for December 1985 of 180,000 filled places. We are making good progress towards meeting these targets. The latest available figures show that 185,700 places have now been authorised, of which 150,930 are filled.