§ 31. Mr. Rogers
asked the Paymaster General what proportion of people leaving the community programme obtain a permanent job.
§ Mr. Lang
I have no specific plans to introduce a refuse clearing element into the community programme. However, the programme already funds projects which, for example, remove flytips from beauty spots and collect and recycle waste materials.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment has recently announced a new environmental improvement initiative which it is estimated will initially provide work for up to 5,000 long-term unemployed people through the community programme.
§ 65. Mr. Leighton
asked the Paymaster General what is the average wage on the community programme; and what proportion of participants are paid more than this and what proportion less.
§ 80. Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Paymaster General if he has any plans to seek to improve the training element in the community programme.
§ Mr. Lang
The community programme began in October 1982. At the end of the last three years the number of projects and places were as follows:
Projects operating Places filled March 1984 7,498 112,886 March 1985 7,894 132,755 March 1986 10,315 199,919
The total annual costs were as follows:
£ million 1983–84 400.1 1984–85 534.3 1985–86 683.8
It would be impractical to provide a complete list of all projects and places which have been funded in each of the last three years. Such a list could be provided only at disproportionate cost.