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Training

Volume 887: debated on Friday 7 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are affected by the training opportunities scheme; and what was the nature and amount of grant from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget.

45,416 people completed training courses under the Training Opportunities Scheme in 1974. An allocation of £11,500,000 was made from the European Social Fund in respect of such training given in the same year.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how much grant has been allocated from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget for the training of people in United Kingdom assisted areas.

£2,099,700 for assistance to training other than the Training Opportunities Scheme, which is the subject of another Question put down by my hon. Friend.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are covered by the construction in- dustry training scheme; and what was the nature and amount of grant allocated for this purpose from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that an estimated total of 5,808 people will be covered by schemes, to run for three years, operated by the Construction Industry Training Board for which assistance from the European Social Fund Budget has been approved. The schemes cover the training and retraining of unemployed and under-employed young persons from Scotland, North and North-West England and Wales and the retraining of young unemployed graduates in chemical and mechanical engineering, geology and physics as civil engineers. The grant from the European Social Fund Budget for 1974 was £118,975.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people are covered by the Footwear, Leather and Furskin Industrial Training Board; and what was the nature and amount of grant from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that 128,280 people were covered by the Footwear, Leather and Furskin Industrial Training Board at October 1974. No grant from the Social Fund Budget was made to the Board in 1974, but in December 1974 the Commission of the European Communities approved a grant of £281,085 for the training of unemployed young people; unemployed training officers; unemployed or under-employed people as surgical shoe workers; and disabled persons; and for the training and installation of unemployed persons as group training officers. The grant will be made from the 1975 budget.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the nature and amount of grant allocated to the Wool, Jute and Flax Industry Training Board from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget for the training of instructors.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that a grant of £6,631·50 was made by the Commission of the European Communities in December 1974 from the 1974 budget to the Wool, Jute and Flax Industry Training Board. An item for the training of training officers was included in the board's application and covered by the grant, but no specific allocation was made for this purpose.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the amount of grant allocated for the training of young people in rural areas from the European Economic Community in the third and fourth allocation from the 1974 Social Fund Budget; and what was the number of persons covered by the scheme.

£83,155 for training by the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas and the Small Industries Council for Rural Areas in Scotland of 3,544 predominantly young people.