HC Deb 18 January 1995 vol 252 c560W
Mrs. Bridget Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will provide estimates of the number of 16 and 17-year-olds not currently in full-time education, work or training in Lewisham.

Mr. Paice

Estimates for Lewisham are unavailable, but the labour force survey shows that in summer 1994 there were 17,000 16 and 17-year-olds who were not in full or part-time employment, training or full-time education in the Greater London region. Of these, 10,000 were actively seeking employment or training. The remainder were economically inactive and include, for example, those young people who were looking after the home or who were long-term sick or disabled. The Government guarantee that all 16 and 17-year-olds who are not in full-time education or a job and are seeking training are offered a suitable youth training place.