asked the Paymaster General how many young people have been (a) killed and (b) injured at work whilst participating in the youth opportunities programme or youth training scheme at the latest available date.
The following are the numbers of fatalities and injuries on the youth opportunities programme and youth training scheme in the period 1 April 1980 to 30 June 1985—during this period there were some 1·5 million entrants to the youth opportunities programme and some 850,000 entrants to the youth training scheme.
Accidents on Youth Opportunities Programme and Youth Training Scheme:
1 April 1980—30 June 1985
*Accidents Injuries †Major Injuries
|Youth Opportunities Programme‡||1.4.80–31.3.84||19║||718•||9,020•||9,757|
|Youth Training Scheme||1.4.83–30.6.85||9¶||318||2,989||3,316|
* Since 1 April 1983, the Manpower Services Commission's accident figures for the Youth Opportunities Programme and the Youth Training Scheme have been compiled on a similar basis to those prepared by the Health and Safety Executive on employed persons. However, the Commission's figures will include a number of accidents, in particular road traffic accidents during scheme time and accidents to trainees in educational establishments, which may not have been reportable to the Health and Safety Executive had the individuals been employed.
† Major injuries are classified according to severity criteria laid down in the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (NADOR) 1980.
‡ Statistical information on the number of accidents to trainees on the Youth Opportunities Programme prior to 1 April 1980 is not available.
║ This figure includes 4 road traffic accidents and 3 lunchtime swimming accidents.
¶ This figure includes 3 road traffic accidents.
• Major injuries on the Youth Opportunities Programme during the period 1.4.82–31.3.83 have been reviewed by the MSC using the criteria laid down in NADOR. There were originally 311 recorded major injuries but, following the review, 123 of these have been reclassified as minor injuries, and the above table includes the revised figures.