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Education (Expenditure)

Volume 959: debated on Friday 1 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the expenditure on education in each county in Wales and the amount of the expenditure in each county (a) per head of population and (b) per person of school age.

The information based on 1977–78 outturn prices is as follows:Loughborough; how many people it will employ; what wages they will be paid; how the wages compare with prevailing agricultural wages; and whether the jobs provided will be confined to New Commonwealth immigrants.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the information is as follows:(1) The maximum cost of the scheme will be £100,171. £93,771 of this is for wage costs and £6,400 for various running costs.(2) The scheme will employ 29 people for 52 weeks.(3) Wages will be paid at the following rates:—

  • 1 supervisor £63 per week
  • 20 land workers £56 per week
  • 5 land assistants £45 per week
  • 1 chemist £75 per week
  • 1 bookkeeper £60 per week
  • 1 labourer/driver £45 per week.

(4) The National Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers has agreed that the proposed wage rates are similar to those paid in the area for comparable work.

(5) The scheme will be open to all suitably qualified unemployed persons, with priority being given to the long-term unemployed—i.e. those aged 19 to 24 who have been unemployed for 6 months or before and those aged 25 and over who have been unemployed over 12 months.