§ Ms Short
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people were participating in(a) training for work—employment training/employment action—(b) community action, (c) learning for work, (d) the business start-up allowance and (e) youth training in each month since March; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Stewart
Information relating to the community action programme is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment. The learning for work programme started in August and consequently it is too early for reliable management information to be available. Information on the numbers of people participating in training for work, the business start-up scheme and youth training in Scotland in each month since March, based on the latest returns available for publication, is set out in the table:
Training for Work1 Business Start-up scheme Youth training2 1993 March 18,267 4,782 35,198 April 15,585 4,311 34,045 May 15,202 4,298 32,897 June 14,482 4,202 33,651 July 13,908 4,167 32,724 August 13,058 3,812 31,232 1 Training for work replaced employment training and employment action on 1 April 1993; the March 1993 training for work figure comprises figures for employment action (3,407) and employment training (14,860). 2 Youth training figures include participants on youth credits schemes.