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Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Anglo-Irish Beef (International) Ltd., Newry, has applied for grants for 16 to 18-year-olds soon to be employed there; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 May 1987, c. 539]: Anglo-Irish Beef Packers (Newry) Ltd. has discussed the training of young workers aged 17 to 18 with the Department of Economic Development (DED) but have not yet made an application for assistance.All employers in Northern Ireland are entitled to apply for assistance towards the training of young employees under the youth training programme work scheme. Before eligible recruits can be taken on the DED must approve the plans made for their training and be satisfied that arrangements will be conducive to good training.