asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in view of the unnecessarily haphazard and uncertain fashion in which grants paid to youngsters wanting to train for a skill are at present funded partly by rates and partly by the industry through a levy, if he will take steps to alter the present system.
[pursuant to his reply, 17 June 1980, c. 423] : There is a wide range of provision for vocational training and education of young people. The Manpower Services Commission is at present reviewing the working of the Employment and Training Act 1973 so far as it relates to arrangements for the promotion of training for employment, together with the provision of further education closely associated with industrial training. The report is expected next month. The Government will consider in the light of the review report and other recent studies what action needs to be taken.