§ 21. Mr. O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what additional resources he intends to give to the Yorkshire and Humberside region to extend and improve the community industry scheme; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Nicholls
My Department contracts with Community Industry Limited to deliver the community industry scheme. It is up to the company to decide how resources are allocated on a regional basis. The scheme plays a valuable role in helping up to 7,000 disadvantaged young people a year aged 16 to 19 to obtain and retain employment.