asked the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has for the immediate expansion of community industry, both in the number of young persons employed and the number of areas served, during the next financial year.
Community industry now employs 1,509 young people, which is well within its authorised capacity of 2,000 places. There are no immediate plans to increase this limit, but the need for expansion will be kept under review.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he will announce his decision regarding the future responsibility for the oversight of community industry; and whether he intends to make any changes in its purpose and brief.
These matters are still under consideration, and I cannot say how soon it will be possible to make a public announcement.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will have regard to the social cost saving factor when considering the future and expansion of community industry.
Yes, in so far as this is possible.