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Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 25 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list the numbers (a) entering apprenticeships, (b) in apprenticeships and (c) completing apprenticeships in each of the industries for which industrial training boards have operated in each year since 1964.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 315–16]: This information is not available. It was not a requirement that industrial training boards kept comprehensive records of the numbers in apprenticeship schemes.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the projected cost of the youth training scheme at current prices in the year of its announcement; and what are the costs for 1984–85 and the projected cost for 1985–86 adjusted to the prices of that year.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 315–16]: The information requested is set out in the table:


Expenditure Outturn

Expenditure in 1983–1984 Prices






(1) Expenditure covers grants to YTS sponsors and expenditure on research and development but excludes administration costs.

(2) Expenditure in 1983–84 prices is derived using the GDP deflator.

(3) Expenditure outturn for 1984–85 is provisional.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many people have benefited from the adult training strategy in 1984–85; what is the estimate for 1985–86 and 1986–87; what will be the average number of direct contact hours they will have with trainers; and how these numbers and averages compare with adult training conducted in the years 1975 to 1984 for which his Department was directly or indirectly responsible.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 June 1985, c. 315–16]: About 132,000 people benefited from the adult training strategy in 1984–85. We plan that some 220,000 should benefit in 1985–86 and more than 250,000 in 1986–87. Because of changes in the nature of schemes and training arrangements, comprehensive and consistent information about the numbers benefiting from Government-funded training for adults in the period 1975 to 1985 is not available. The table shows numbers benefiting from 1976–77 onwards from the main scheme to have existed throughout the period, the training opportunities scheme. However, the Government have also funded training throughout the period through the industrial training boards and other industry training organisations; through its direct training services to employers until 1983–84 — now skillcentre services to employers — and through a number of new measures under the adult training strategy since 1984–85. I regret that information about average direct contact hours with trainers is not available.

Entrants to Training Opportunities Scheme
1985–86 †(estimated)116,000
1986/87 †(estimated)136,000
* Includes a number of young people: these cannot be disaggregated from total
† From 1985–86 components of TOPS renamed job training scheme, wider opportunities training programme and training for enterprise. (These totals include all three of these programmes).