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Government Assistance (Statistics)

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give the cost of all the assistance provided by his Department to the following areas for the most recent period for which figures are available: North Stafford, West Midlands, United Kingdom and the assisted areas; and if he will express the overall cost as the amount per person in the population and per unemployed person in each of the specified areas.

I regret that the very detailed information requested cannot be provided. We do not hold separate ependiture figures for each scheme in North Staffordshire or the West Midlands. The following table, however, provides details of national expenditure on these schemes.

Outturn 1980–81

£ million
Estimated Outturn 1981–82

£ million
Temporary Employment Subsidy0·9-(1)
Temporary Short-time Working Compensation Scheme365·0388·5
Job Release Scheme136·0166·7
Small Firms Employment Subsidy10·8-(2)
Job Creation Programme0·50·1
STEP and Community Enterprise Programme45·799·4
Community Industry19·022·0
Youth Opportunities Programme212·3413·6


  • (1) The temporary employment subsidy closed for applications on 31 March 1979.
  • (2) The small firms employment subsidy closed for applications on 31 March 1980.