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Tops Courses

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what instructions have been issued concerning the withdrawal of semi-skilled TOPS courses; whether he will list those courses; and whether he will make a statement.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that as part of the reduction which is being made in the training opportunities scheme the numbers completing courses at the semi-skilled level are expected to fall by about half over a period of three years from the figure of about 6,000 completions originally planned for 1980–81. It is not possible to list courses which will be affected by this reduction.