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Ethnic Minorities (Training Grants)

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when his Department will reach a decision on the application made by Reading borough council in June 1987 for approved training status under section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976; and if he will explain the reasons for the delay in dealing with the application.

Reading borough council submitted an application for designation as a training body under

Average gross weekly earnings
Full-time sales whose pay was not affected by absence1
£ per week
AprilManualNon Manual2Group 23Group 34Group 55Group 6
Current prices
197993·0113·0129·0113·1119·2114·4
1980111·7141·3167·7139·6147·5145·6
1981121·9163·1189·3179·6168·9162·9
1982133·8178·9211·0185·8184·9176·9
1983143·6194·9230·9197·6200·9195·3
1984152·7209·0251·6208·1216·2212·0
1985163·6225·0270·3223·1229·5229·1
1986174·4244·9298·2242·2248·6246·8
1987185·5265·9328·2261·2267·0265·5
Percentage Increase6
1979–8020·125·030·023·423·727·3
1980–819·115·412·928·714·511·9
1981–829·89·711·53·59·58·6
1982–837·38·99·46·48·710·4
1983–847·89·09·25·88·59·1
1984–857·17·77·47·26·28·1
1985–866·68·810·38·68·37·7
1986–876·48·610·17·87·47·6
Constant 1987 prices7
1979174·4211·9241·9212·0223·5214·5
1980172·0217·6258·2215·0227·1224·2
1981167·5224·2260·2246·8232·1223·9
1982168·1224·7265·1233·4232·3222·2
1983173·4235·4278·9238·7242·7235·9
1984175·4240·0288·9239·0248·3243·5
1985175·7241·7290·3239·6246·5246·1
1986181·8255·3310·8252·4259·1257·2
1987185·5265·9328·2261·2267·0265·5
Percentage increase67
1979–80-1·42·76·81·41·64·5
1980–81-2·63·00·714·82·2-0·1
1981–820·30·31·9-5·40·1-0·7
1982–833·24·75·22·34·56·2
1983–842·53·63·80·63·23·7

section 37(3) (b) of the Race Relations Act 1976 on 1 June 1987. Officials from my Department contacted the council on 11 June to seek additional information, and on 28 July met officials from the council. In the light of that meeting, and further contacts, the council submitted revised proposals on 5 January 1988. These proposals, along with additional supporting material dated 29 January, but received by my Department on 5 February, are now under consideration.

A decision on the application will be reached shortly.