asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish his estimates for the years 1983–84 and 1984–85 of the number of school-leavers who have refused every offer of a place on the youth training scheme at 31 March, after the September of the year in which they left school.
I regret that the information is not available in the precise form requested. However, the number of young people reported to my Department's unemployment benefit service for refusing a youth training scheme place in the period 1 September 1983 to 31 March 1984 was 1,645. The corresponding figure for the period 1 April 1984 to 31 March 1985 was 1,676. As a consequence of those reports, 1,122 young people in the earlier period and 1,162 in the later period had their benefit claims disallowed for unreasonably refusing a youth training scheme place.