§ Mr. Robert McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement about the decision concerning the number of graduate management trainees to be recruited to the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1997. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
No trainees were recruited into the Management Trainee programme in 1997 but it is proposed to recruit a minimum of 10 trainees in 1998.
Additionally, 20 trainees were recruited in 1996, the first year of operation of the scheme. This pattern of recruitment reflects Departmental manpower requirements.