asked the Secretary of State for Employment how he envisages an extension of the job creation scheme to the building industry, and especially to the unemployed under 21 years of age.
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that about 15 per cent. of the projects approved under the job creation programme involve construction work of some kind. It is unlikely that specific steps will be taken to increase this figure. Any change will depend on the nature of projects put forward by sponsors.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the current figures of unemployment for the Greater London area in the building industry; and what proportion of those unemployed are under 21 years of age.
At 12th May the number of people registered as unemployed in the Greater London area who last worked in the construction industry was 22,144. Analyses combining the age of the unemployed within the industry in which they last worked are not compiled.