Unemployed Young Persons

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd January 1979.

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Photo of Mr Tim Smith Mr Tim Smith , Ashfield 12:00 am, 23rd January 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many young people were unemployed at the latest available date.

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

At 12 October 1978, 141,885 young people under 18 years of age were registered as unemployed in Great Britain.

Photo of Mr Tim Smith Mr Tim Smith , Ashfield

Is not the figure for youth unemployment still unacceptably high, especially as the youth opportunities programme has now been going for some time? When does the Minister expect to be able to make a statement about the review of the programme to which he referred late last year?

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

The youth opportunities programme is proving very successful. All the reports from the Manpower Services Commission show that we are on target. The figures that I have quoted include some not covered by the Government commitment to school leavers.

Photo of Mr Gerald Fowler Mr Gerald Fowler , The Wrekin

Will the youth opportunities programme fully achieve by 1st April this year the targets originally set for it? Will the balance of provision within the programme be that which was originally intended?

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

We believe that the target set for Easter will be met, but we do not believe that the balance of the programme will be that forecast when the scheme was announced.

Photo of Mr Alan Clark Mr Alan Clark , Plymouth, Sutton

Is the Minister aware that considerable numbers of young people in Plymouth are unemployed because jobs in the catering and service industries which would otherwise be open to them are taken by citizens of the Common Market who come over on short term engagements, pay no tax and take off after making maximum use of the Health Service? We all know that the indirect effects of Common Market membership on unemployment have been disastrous, but would the Minister care to comment on the direct effects, such as those that I have just mentioned?

Photo of Mr John Golding Mr John Golding , Newcastle-under-Lyme

I ask the hon. Member to talk to employers and hoteliers in Plymouth to rectify that situation.