asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many disabled school leavers are currently unemployed; and what was the number a year ago.
I regret that separate figures for unemployed disabled school leavers are not available. On 10th February 1977, however, the number of young people registered both as disabled persons and unemployed at careers offices totalled 520–296 boys and 224 girls. The comparable figures for February 1976 were 441–241 boys and 200 girls.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied with the long-term value to the school leaver of the Job Creation Programme.
I am satisfied that the Job Creation Programme is significantly improving the chances of obtaining permanent employment for a large number of unemployed school leavers. The Manpower Services Commission is, however, reviewing the current measures for assisting unemployed young people and will be reporting on the rôle of job creation in April.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the current level of unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region among school leavers.
At 10th March 1,740 school leavers were registered as unemployed in the Yorkshire and Humberside region. This figure is provisional.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the total number of unemployed school leavers out of those who left school in 1976 in the area covered by the Bournemouth employment office on a convenient date in January and February 1977, respectively.
In the area covered by the Bournemouth employment office on 13th January 1977 the number of unemployed school leavers under 18 was 39 and on 10th February 1977 it was 50. The statistics do not specify the date of leaving school, but the majority were 1976 summer school leavers.