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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will set out the figures of wholly unemployed and unfilled vacancies at the Woolwich employment exchange for each of the past 12 months for which figures are available.

Following is the information for the Woolwich employment office area:tion of the jobs created under the following temporary employment programmes: (

a) temporary employment subsidy, ( b) youth employment subsidy, (c) recruitment subsidy for school leavers, ( d) the job creation programme and ( e) the work experience programme.

Precise information as requested is not available; the position is as follows:

  • (a) Temporary Employment Subsidy (TES)—The temporary employment subsidy scheme is not designed to create jobs but to defer impending redundancies. In the vast majority of cases workers in jobs preserved under the scheme will be employed for at least the full 12 months period of payment. About 11 per cent. have terminated prematurely for one reason or another.
  • (b) Youth Employment Subsidy (YES)—Under the youth employment subsidy scheme which started on 1st October 1976 all approved applications are still current and may run for 26 weeks with the exception of approximately 8 per cent. in which the employment terminated prematurely.
  • (c) Recruitment Subsidy for School Leavers (RSSL)—Under the recruitment subsidy for school leavers scheme, which ended on 30th September 1976, approximately 77 per cent. of young people concerned were still employed at the end of 26-week period for which subsidy was payable.
  • (d) Job Creation Programme (JCP)—The average duration of projects approved under the job creation programme is 30 weeks.
  • (e) Work Experience Programme (WEP)—The average duration of schemes approved under the work experience programme is 28 weeks. These schemes do not provide employment for young people but give them an introduction to working life and an opportunity to gain practical experience of a range of different tasks in employment.