§ Mr. Willie W. Hamilton
asked the Paymaster General what representations he has had from local authorities who receive grants in arrears in respect of the youth training 434W scheme and community programme, as compared with the private sector where such grants are paid in advance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Trippier
My Department has received representations from three local authorities expressing their concern about this matter in the past 12 months. The Government consider that the payment of grants in advance to local authority sponsors of youth training scheme and community programme projects would not be an appropriate use of taxpayers' money.