HC Deb 01 March 1994 vol 238 cc656-7W
Mrs. Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide an up-to-date table showing for Wales and the counties of Wales for each year from 1989, the number of places on youth training schemes and the number of people who have been waiting for over eight weeks for a place.

Sir Wyn Roberts

The numbers of filled youth training places in Wales at March of each year since 1989 and the figure for December 1993 are shown in table A. Statistics are collected by TEC area, not by county.

In every year since 1989 there has been sufficient funding available to provide youth training places for all of those who sought them. Demand for youth training places fell by 35 per cent. between March 1989 and December 1993 because numbers of young people attaining school leaving age dropped by 16 per cent., and the proportion of those staying on in full-time education increased from 35 per cent. to over 60 per cent. in that period.

The number of young people in each TEC area who had been waiting eight weeks or more for a place on youth training as at January 1993 and January 1994 are shown in table B. Figures for earlier years are not available, as the first count was in September 1992. Figures are not collected on a county basis.

Table A
Number filled youth training places in Wales 1989–93
March 1989 23,779
March 1990 22,665
March 1991 16,352
March 1992 16,180
March 1993 14,129
December 1993 15,409

Table B
Number waiting eight weeks or more for YT place
14 January 1993 13 January 1994
Gwent 43 3
Mid Glamorgan 111 123
North East Wales 77 9
North West Wales 65 23
Powys 17 14
South Glamorgan 59 4
West Wales 17 28
Total 389 204