HC Deb 27 July 1993 vol 229 c785W
Ms Short

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the latest information he has on the number of people who are participating on training courses which are supported by the European social fund; how many are operated by(a) training and enterprise councils and local enterprise companies, (b) local authorities and further education colleges and (c) voluntary organisations; how many people will benefit from ESF training courses in the current operational year; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Widdecombe

The latest information available on numbers of participants on European social fund—ESF—courses in 1993 organised by the three organisational sectors requested, is as follows:

Sector Beneficiaries
Training and Enterprise Councils, Local Enterprise Companies (including Departmental programmes to help the unemployed): 692,000
Local Authorities/Further Education Colleges: 438,000
Voluntary sector: 106,000

Overall we currently expect some 1,308,000 people to benefit from ESF-funded training during 1993. This figure is likely to rise as further projects continue to be approved.

Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a further statement on the implementation of the training for work scheme.

Miss Widdecombe

Training for work became available from 29 March as a major part of the range of opportunities available to help people back to work. It is being delivered in all parts of the country by the network of training and enterprise councils.