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Youth Opportunities Programme

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many(a)injuries at work and(b)deaths following accidents at work, have been reported among those taking part in youth opportunity programmes.

During the period July 1981 to June 1982, when over 500,000 people entered the youth opportunities programme, there were five fatalities, 103 serious injuries and 3,403 minor injuries amongst those taking part in the programme.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will introduce legislation to provide that those on youth opportunities programme schemes may not be discriminated against on racial or sexual grounds.

This is a complex issue which has recently been the subject of a case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal. We will be studying the full text of the tribunal's decision as soon as it is available.