§ Mr. Wainwright
asked the Paymaster General if he has any plans to pilot any specific inner city employment initiatives directed at disadvantaged residents and their communities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
[pursuant to his reply, 8 December 1986, c. 16]: We have been piloting numerous employment initiatives in our eight inner city task force areas which we set up in April 1986. Our task forces operate in areas where the problems of the residents are typical of the disadvantages faced by people, many from the ethnic minority communities, who live in our inner cities.
Through these task forces we are pressing ahead with a wide variety of projects to stimulate employment and enterprise, and are ensuring that department's national programmes are focused on the ground on helping overcome the employment disadvantages of the people living in these areas.