§ 25. Mrs. Shields
asked the Paymaster General what plans he has for the employment of young people in North Yorkshire.
§ Mr. Trippier
Employment prospects for young people in North Yorkshire depend on a sustained improvement in the performance of industry, business and the economy as a whole. Our economic polices are designed to create the conditions for that improvement and we are making substantial progress. We also need levels of pay which ensure the competitiveness of our industry.
In 1986–87 two-year YTS will provide 3,328 places in North Yorkshire, with a further 738 continuation places being provided for young people who entered training last year. The job prospects of those completing YTS and those ineligible for training will be further enhanced by the new workers scheme.
Those young people who have been unemployed for some time will be able to benefit from temporary employment under the community programme. At April 1986 1,340 places were available in North Yorkshire and the target is to increase this figure to 1,520 by October this year. Our other employment measures will also directly or indirectly benefit young people.