§ Mr. Hawksley
asked the Paymaster General how many places and at what public cost were provided in 1986 in the Telford travel-to-work area for (a) YTS and (b) community schemes.
§ Mr. Trippier
It is not possible to provide the information in the precise form requested. The available information is shown in the table.
Telford Travel-to-Work, Area1 1986–872 YTS Contracted places 1,283 Public cost (£ million) 312.73 Community programme Filled places 903 Public cost (£ million) 41.8 1 Figures for the Telford-travel-to-work are for YTS are based on the Wrekin local authority district which includes Madsley, Wellington, Oakengates and Telford. Figures for the community programme are based on the jobcentre area which covers Bridgnorth, Madeley, Wellington and Telford. 2 Figures are not available for calendar years, thus the financial year has been quoted. 3 YTS is a training measure. The concept of net exchequer cost (the usual interpretation of "public cost") per filled place is not therefore appropriate. The gross cost per filled places is estimated to be £2,600 per annum. The £2.73 million public cost quoted has been obtained from an estimated average level of training. 4 The cost of £1.8 million quoted for the community programme is the net exchequer cost of the programme. This allows for benefit saving and flowbacks of tax and payments of the Exchequer.