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Northern Region

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Paymaster General (1) how much will be spent on training and retraining in the northern region (a) in the current year and (b) in 1983;(2) how many places are being provided in each of his Departments training schemes in the current year in the northern region, and how many were so provided in 1983.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 331.]: The amounts spent by employers, who have the primary responsibility for ensuring adequate provision for training, is not known. The information available about the training provided in the northern region through the Manpower Services Commission is as follows:

£ million£ million







£ million

£ million

Training Opportunities Scheme15·25,416
Job Training Programme



Wider Opportunities Training Programme1·0564,643


1 . Regional spending figures were not produced for YTS for 1983–84.

2 . During the first year of YTS more places were established than were eventually required by local young people. The planned figure for 1987–88 is therefore a closer reflection of local demand.

3 . Since 1983–84 adult training provision has been substantially remodelled, and the new schemes include a number of developmental elements run directly from MSC Head Office. It is not possible to disaggregate expenditure on these by region and it is therefore not included in the table.

4 . Figures for adult training schemes are in terms of planned starts. Training place figures are not kept, because of widely varying course lengths.