asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many persons are currently employed on job creation schemes and community industry in (a) the North-West, (b) Merseyside, (c) Kirkby and (d) Ormskirk.
The number of young people employed by community industry in the North-West on 18th February was 480, of whom 386 were employed on Metseyside. Within the Merseyside area the Knowsley Community Industry Unit employed 156 young people, some of whom were from Kirkby which forms part of the unit's operational area. Community industry does not operate in the Ormskirk area.I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that some 3,000 jobs are currently being provided on job creation projects in the North-West and 5,000 on Merseyside. Within the Merseyside area there are 98 in Kirkby and 54 in Ormskirk.The number of people currently employed on Job Creation Programme projects is not readily obtainable.