§ Mr. Nellist
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if, pursuant to his reply to hon. Member for Coventry, South-East, of Monday 19 June,Official Report, columns 10–11, he will list those employers known to his Department who supplement the minimum trainee allowance; what percentage of YTS trainees are so covered; what is the average supplement paid; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Cope
There is no list of employers who supplement the minimum trainee allowance. Twenty-four per cent. of trainees had employed status in May 1989, and were paid a wage by their employer. Survey evidence suggests that in addition about 14 per cent. of non-employed trainees receive an average supplement of £7 a week from their work experience provider on top of their trainee allowance. Payments above the minimum level are at the discretion of the employer, and reflect the value to the company of acquiring skilled workers.