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Development Projects (Funding)

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will provide additional funding for development projects for unemployed adults in Scotland.

Substantial Government funds are spent on special employment measures, operated through the Manpower Services Commission in Scotland, including about £76 million on the community programme in 1984–85. The measures, and their funding requirements, are kept under review and as announced in the Budget speech the community programme is to be expanded in 1985–86 by 100,000 places in Great Britain. Scotland can expect to derive its full share of these extra places. A sum of £10 million is also being made available to fundpilot projects in Great Britain to explore, on an experimental basis, further ways of helping the long-term unemployed.