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Volume 24: debated on Monday 17 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report a table giving the total number of persons, including young persons, engaged on Manpower Services Commission schemes in the Blackburn travel-to-work area, together with a breakdown showing the number of schemes, and the number of persons engaged in each category of scheme, including youth opportunities programmes, community enterprise programmes and so on.

The information is not availble in the exact form requested. The schemes run by the Manpower Services Commission are administered on different geographical areas. The following table gives details of MSC schemes broken down into areas which coincide as closely as possible with the Blackburn travel-to-work area.

MSC SchemeNearest Equivalent area to Blackburn travel-to-work areaNumber of SchemesNumber of Participants
Youth Opportunities ProgrammeBlackburn Local Authority District450–500 Schemes active at the end of April 19822,500 Entrants to the Programme between 1.4.81 and 31.3.82
Community Enterprise ProgrammeBlackburn Loacl Authority District(1)5 Community Enterprise Programmmes Active in Blackburn at end of April 1982(a) 488 entrants between 1.4.81 and 31.3.82
Training Opportunities ProgrammeManpower Services Commission, Training Services Division's Accrington district Office area which includes: Blackburn, Nelson, Accrington Rossendale and BurnleyThere were 47 Adult Schemes and 51 Schemes for Young People active in the Accrington district Office Area at the end of April 1982.On 30 April1982 there were 366 Adults participating in TOPS Schemes and 135 Young People