§ 55. Mr. Strang
asked the Paymaster General how many school leavers of all ages were unemployed or on youth training schemes at the latest available date; and what was the comparable figure five years ago.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
On 12 September 1985, the number of unemployed claimant school leavers of all ages in Great Britain was 419,448, of whom 152,603 were under the age of 18. The corresponding numbers of unemployed registrant school leavers in September 1980 were 277,070 and 196,327 respectively and are not directly comparable.
The estimated number of young people in Great Britain participating in the youth training scheme at the end of August 1985 was 291,007 while numbers participating in the youth opportunities programme at the end of August 1980 were 114,300. Within these totals, recent school leavers cannot be identified.