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Adult Training

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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21.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy not to designate the adult training scheme under clause 26 of the Employment Bill in the lifetime of the current Parliament.

61.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy not to designate the adult training scheme under clause 26 of the Employment Bill in the lifetime of the current Parliament.

62.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy not to designate the adult training scheme under clause 26 of the Employment Bill in the lifetime of the current Parliament.

91.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy not to designate the adult training scheme under clause 26 of the Employment Bill in the lifetime of the current Parliament.

102.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make it his policy not to designate the adult training scheme under clause 26 of the Employment Bill in the lifetime of this Parliament.

We have made it clear that the new employment training programme will be a voluntary one, and we have no plans to designate it.

24.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether refusal to participate in the adult training scheme will be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

28.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether refusal to participate in the adult training scheme could be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

70.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether refusal to participate in the adult training scheme will be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

82.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether refusal to participate in the adult training scheme will be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

116.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether refusal to participate in the adult training scheme will be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

We have made it clear that, as recommended by the Manpower Services Commission, the new employment training programme will be a voluntary one, and we have no plans to designate it as "Approved Training" for the purposes of section 20 of the Social Security Act 1975. Additionally, refusal to take up a place in the programme will not by itself be grounds for withdrawal of benefit under the availability for work test.

25.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which schemes he intends to designate as approved training under clause 26 of the Employment Bill.

49.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which schemes he intends to designate as approved training under clause 26 of the Employment Bill.

84.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which schemes he intends to designate as approved training under clause 26 of the Employment Bill.

86.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which schemes he intends to designate as approved training under clause 26 of the Employment Bill.

89.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which schemes he intends to designate as approved training under clause 26 of the Employment Bill.

41.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received asking him to reconsider his decision to require those participating in the adult training scheme to pay the first £5 of their travel expenses.

68.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received asking him to reconsider his decision to require those participating in the adult training scheme to pay the first £5 of their travel expenses.

110.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received asking him to reconsider his decision to require those participating in the adult training scheme to pay the first £5 of their travel expenses.

None. It was the unanimous recommendation of the Manpower Services Commission that only participants' travel expenses in excess of £5 should be met, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has accepted this.

64.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what special arrangements are included for disabled people and those with special needs under the new adult training programme.

The new employment training programme will be locally planned and delivered in line with local needs, including the needs of disabled people. Where appropriate, supplementary funding will be available to assist in meeting higher costs associated with training people with special needs. There will also be special eligibility arrangements for disabled people. In addition, a range of specific help for trainees with disabilities will be available in the form of special aids to employment, adaptations to premises, a communicator service for deaf trainees and a personal reader service for blind trainees.

77.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received asking him to reconsider his decision to pay £10 per week plus benefit to those who participate in the adult training scheme.

94.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received asking him to reconsider his decision to pay £10 per week plus benefit to those who participate in the adult training schemes.

We have received a number of representations about the level of the training allowance to be paid to participants on the new employment training programme. The Government's decisions on the allowance, and on the other payments to be made to participants, implement in full the unanimous recommendations of the Manpower Services Commission. The allowance will give participants a lead of £10–£12 a week over their benefit entitlement and will ensure that they will be better off on the programme than remaining unemployed and on benefit.

111.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any plans to meet the chairman of the Training Commission to discuss the new integrated adult training scheme; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular contact with the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission, which is being renamed the Training Commission in the Employment Bill, to consider a number of matters, including the new employment training programme. The Manpower Services Commission is currently working on the detailed arrangements to introduce the new programme from 5 September.