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Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was (a) the spending and (b) the number of participants in each of his training and employment measures in (i) the last three years, (ii) the current year and (iii) projections for the next three years; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 25 June 1990]: Information about projected numbers and spending on training and employment measures in Scotland for the next three years is not available. For the last three years and the current year, it has not been possible to provide all the information requested in precisely the form required. In so far as data are available, they are set out in the tables:

Preparation and Training linked to the Community Programme. The 1989–90 expenditure is residual and includes Community Programme and New Job Training Scheme.

4 The Community Programme and New Job Training Scheme ended in August 1988 and 1988–89 expenditure cannot be broken down below GB level. Numbers of participants for 1988–89 are until the end of August 1988.

5 This programme took over from Adult Training, Community Programme and the New Job Training Scheme on 2 September 1988. The expenditure figures do not include elements of National Providers Unit expenditure paid from a GB budget but do include expenditure on Community Opportunities. These figures include an element for trainee allowances.

6 This programme started at the same time as Employment Training.

Table 2: Training Measures

(a) Number of starts/projects

(b) Expenditure £ million

Financial year


2 (Business skills seminars)

2 (Growth programme




Business Growth Training
i 1987–88NilNilNilNilNilNil
ii 1990–91 (estimate)7,1376013313104.408


This programme started on 11 April 1989

Option 1: Business Kits—no separate Scottish figure available. Paid for from GB budget.

Option 2: Business Skills Seminars and Growth Programme.

Option 3: Managing Business Change Projects.

Option 4: Joint action on Skills Programme.

Option 5: Innovation and Technology Programme.

Table 3: Employment measures

(a) Spending (£ million)

(b) Numbers of participants









1990–91 (estimate)




1990–91 (estimate)

Restart courses1·2620·7100·7350·7107,1136,9577,362n/a
Enterprise Allowance Scheme17·41717·23414·83413·3499,6898,4946,9726,606
Sheltered Employment3·3693·7524·4975·9712,3732,4572,598n/a

n/a=Not available.


1 Number of participants means entrants for the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, starts for Restart courses, acceptances for Jobstart, throughflow for Jobclubs and filled places for Sheltered Employment.