§ Ms Short
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the latest information he has available on the number of people participating in(a) action for community employment, (b) the youth training programme, (c) the job training programme, (d) the enterprise allowance scheme, (e) job clubs and (f) Restart courses; how many participants are expected to participate in each programme in 1993–94; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
There are no Restart courses run in Northern Ireland. Under a Restart programme people who have been unemployed for 26 weeks or more are interviewed every 26 weeks when training needs and employment opportunities are discussed with a view to helping them find work. Otherwise the information is as follows:
Scheme Number of participants at 30 June 1993 Number expected to participate in 1993–94 ACE 9,561 9,500 YTP 9,806 12,500 JTP 4,155 4,450 Jobskills1 1,611 2,000 Business Start Programme2 816 1,200 Job clubs 1,776 4,080 1Jobskills is a single integrated scheme which is being piloted in 2 areas in Northern Ireland and which may eventually replace both YTP and JTP. 2This scheme has replaced the Enterprise Allowance scheme.