Can my hon. Friend say how that compares with the rest of the United Kingdom? If, as I suspect, it is a higher average than in the rest of the United Kingdom, is not that a cause for congratulation and encouragement to all those responsible for administering training centres, in view of the trying circumstances that some of them have to face?
The hon. Gentleman talks about a success story there, and in that respect I congratulate everyone concerned. But what about the increasing redundancy which is occurring in Northern Ireland as a result of mergers? I have in mind especially the proposed merger between Belfast Corporation Transport and Ulsterbus, which will result in 450 redundancies. What will be done to train those people, and what will be the attitude towards members of my union in terms of help in the future.
This is why the Government are taking so seriously the business of attracting new industry to Northern Ireland. To do that it is necessary to have a comprehensive scheme. We have it. One of the interesting things that I have discovered is the integrated work force units which some redundant workers can take advantage of, which will help industrialists coming to Northern Ireland.
Can the hon. Gentleman say how many young people are being taken on at these centres and held for a period of 12 months or more initial training? I have in mind especially young people who cannot get jobs. Is there a special drive in this direction?