HC Deb 23 May 1991 vol 191 cc632-3W
Ms. Short

To ask the Secretary off State for Employment if he will list, for each region and for Great Britain as a whole for the latest available period, the number and proportion of ET trainees who three weeks after leaving were(a) in a full-time job with their work experience provider, (b) in a full-time job with another employer, (c) in a part-time job, (d) in full-time education or on a training course, (e) employed in their own business, (f) in job clubs, (g) in voluntary work, (h) unemployed and claiming benefit and (i) unemployed and not claiming benefit.

Mr. Jackson

The destinations of trainees leaving employment training between December 1989 and November 1990, three months after leaving, are shown in the following table. Percentages only are provided, because not all trainees respond to the follow-up survey.

Employment training
Proportion gaining qualifications or credits
All leavers between October 1989 to September 1990
Region Obtained qualification or credit Awaiting results
Percentage Percentage
South East 28 4
London 20 4
South West 27 5
West Midlands 23 5
East Midlands and Anglia 24 5
Yorkshire and Humberside 23 4
North West 22 4
Northern 28 5
Wales 26 4
Scotland 27 5
Great Britain1 25 4

Source: Employment Training Follow up Survey.

1 Includes some trainees with nationally contracted training providers.

Ms. Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, for each region and for Great Britain as a whole for the latest available date, the amounts paid to(a) ET providers and (b) YT providers in the form of ex-gratia payments to compensate them for hardship caused by recontracting; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jackson

In the 1990–91 financial year, my Department operated a special ex-gratia compensation scheme for ET providers. Where a contract with a training provider was foreclosed or modified substantially, reducing contracted volumes or recruitment earlier than the last effective day of the contract, my Department undertook to make an ex-gratia payment. There was no similar arrangement for youth training.

The table shows the provisional outturn expenditure to end March 1991 under the special employment training ex-gratia payments arrangements.

Region Amount £
South East 97,000
London 74,000
South West 166,000
West Midlands 190,000
East Midlands and Eastern Nil
Yorkshire and Humberside 19,000
North West 102,000
Northern 262,000
Wales 56,000
Scotland 47,000
National providers 302,000
Total 1,315,000

Ms. Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the number of employment training trainees who were being paid their training allowance and/or training premium by the Employment Service in each month since April; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jackson

The information requested is provided in the following table. I am glad that employment training continues to help so many unemployed people in their efforts to find employment.

Employment training trainees receiving employment training allowances—May 1990 to April 1991
May 1990 202,795
June 194,459
July 187,196
August 180,916
September 179,955
October 185,988
November 190,041
December 194,045
January 1991 189,109
February 198,413
March 192,279
April 167,427

Source: Employment Service records.Employment Service