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Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the basic level of training allowance not including expenses.

Living at homeLiving a way from home
Age and domestic responsibilities of trainee££££
(1) Married men; women and unmarried men aged 19 or over with dependents
With wife or maintaining adult dependants17·9017·5516·9016·55
With wife (or maintaining adult dependant) and maintaining one dependent child under1920·1019·7519·1018·75
With wife (or maintaining adult dependant)and maintaining two dependent children under 1921·9021·5520·9020·55
Maintaining one dependent child under 1915·8015·4514·8014·45
Maintaining two dependent children under 1917·6017·2516·6016·25
An additional £1·70 is payable for the third and each additional child.
(2)Men and Women without dependants
Aged 20 and over13·6013·2511·1011·10
Aged 189·359·357·357·35
Aged 177·057·056·056·05
Aged 166·056·055·055·05
(3)Men and Women under 19 (except married men) with dependantsReceive the appropriate age rate as in (2) together with an allowance for dependants.
Trainees who move from home for training and are not provided with residential accommodation receive a lodging allowance as well as the "living away from home" rate of training allowance.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action he intends to take to implement the recommendations concerning training courses for unemployed young people made in the National Youth Committee Working Party Report entitled "Unemployed, Untrained and Unqualified"; and whether he intends to bring to the attention of local education authorities the recommendations concerning the development of careers education and adequate resources for the Careers Service.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that information for each of the last five years is not available, but the table below sets out the position at five staffing reviews undertaken in recent years.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that the current basic rates of training allowance are as follows:a working party within the Training Ser-vices Agency has been considering the training of young people generally, both employed and unemployed, and that a consultative document based on their report will be published in the spring. Careers education is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, but I will draw the attention of local education authorities to other recommendations in "Unqualified, Untrained and Unemployed", the Working Party Report of the National Youth Employment Council.