asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied with progress made by the new community enterprise programme.
I am quite satisfied with the progress made by this programme, which, as my right hon. Friend announced on 15 December, is to be increased in 1982–83 to 30,000 places.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what reductions in the community enterprise programme are envisaged in Yorkshire during the rest of 1982.
The Yorkshire and Humberside region has been allocated a target of 2,800 filled places under the community enterprise programme by the end of March 1982, and this allocation will continue for the year 1982–83. Currently just over 2,900 places are provided. Over the course of the next few months, this figure is likely to rise slightly before falling back to an average of 2,800 places per month throughout the year.
asked the Secretary of State for Employment when next he plans to visit the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission to discuss the community enterprise scheme; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend holds regular meetings with the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission. In his statement on 15 December 1981—[Vol. 15, c. 153]—my right hon. Friend announced that provision for the community enterprise programme will be increased to 30,000 places in 1982–83.