§ Mr. Richards
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a forecast of expenditure on youth training and training for work in 1993–194; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Hunt
I am not able to give forecasts of programme expenditure in year. Planned expenditure by training and enterprise councils (TECs) on youth training (YT) and youth credits in England this year is £704 million. At the end of September £269 million had been spent by TECs which was £69 million less than the anticipated level at that stage of the year.439W
I expect the rate of spend on YT and youth credits to increase towards the end of the year, although expenditure has been affected by larger numbers of young people staying on at school and college than had been anticipated.
The Government's guarantee of a place on YT stands. At 14 October only 3,322 young people had been waiting for a place for more than eight weeks. This compares with a figure of over 27,000 a year ago.
Planned expenditure on training for work in England this year is £782 million. At the end of September, £313 million had been spent which was £32 million less than the anticipated level.