§ Mr. Davidson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures he is taking to combat youth unemployment in south-west Glasgow.
§ Mr. Stewart
The Government's economic policies are designed to create a climate in which all employers, including those in Glasgow, can maintain existing jobs and create new ones. The Skillseekers programme, operational in Glasgow since April this year, gives young people the opportunity to receive high-quality training, often while in employment, in the occupational area of their choice, and our youth training guarantee ensures that all young people under 18 who are not in full-time education or employment will receive the offer of a training place, with the prospect of gaining a qualification and thus an improved chance of securing employment.