§ Mr. Ashdown
asked the Paymaster General, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Yeovil on 24 February concerning expenditure by the Manpower Services Commission on basic literacy and numeracy skills training, if he will publish a table showing a breakdown of such expenditure in 1986–87 by programme or type of provision, and an estimate of the number of persons receiving such training from each programme or type of provision in the year; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lee
The estimated figures for 1986–87 are as follows:
Expenditure £ million Number of trainees Wider opportunities training programme 4.9 3,300 Voluntary projects programme 0.5 5,000
In addition, the community programme and YTS offer literacy and numeracy skills training. However no information is available on the level of expenditure or numbers involved in such training.
§ Mr. Ashdown
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table showing the number of persons in each recent year receiving training in basic skills of literacy and numeracy from provision made by local education authorities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Walden
Information in the form requested is not available centrally. The adult literacy and basic skills unit collects data about the number of people receiving tuition during a given week in each year. The information is as follows:
Tuition from LEAs during a week in Number of adults February 1979 57,640 February 1980 56,928 November 1980 63,359 November 1981 73,241 November 1982 176,830 November 1983 82,360 November 1984 84,596 November 1985 2104,016 1 Estimate based on projections from previous years. 2 This figure includes numbers of adults receiving tuition in English as a second language (collected separately for the first time in 1985).
These figures exclude adults receiving help with basic skills in penal establishments, through Manpower Services 480W Commission programmes, or via voluntary organisations. Information about numeracy provision has been specifically requested only since 1981.