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Schedule 23 — Air passenger duty

Part of “Group 12 — Caravans – in the House of Commons at 10:43 pm on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 10:43 pm, 3rd July 2012

I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, after some careful thought. In answer to his question, in my constituency the biggest difficulty with the future jobs fund was that, first, the placements were not real jobs but national service, because they were from the Government or charities; and, secondly, they had no future. They did not, therefore, meet even the definition of their own title: future jobs fund.

The hon. Gentleman has heard about the situation in South Derbyshire. The situation in Gloucestershire is that the number of apprenticeships has risen massively over the past three years and has continued to go up by 20% over the past year, and that youth unemployment has fallen by 150 people every month for the past three months. It is not perfect, but things are getting better.