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Youth Training

Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish assessments made by his Department of the additional contribution to be made by employers in 1990–91 towards the cost of youth training.

The Government do not publish yearly forecasts of the additional contributions, both in money and in kind, to be made by employers to new youth training. These contributions are expected to exceed those of previous years, reflecting the growing recognition of employers that it is in their interests to contribute to training and the greater benefits to employers of the new youth training arrangements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether his Department accepts youth training trainees as unemployed for funding purposes under the European social fund.

In accordance with International Labour Organisation recommendations, young people on YT are considered to be part of the work force in employment and are therefore not deemed to be unemployed. I have no plans to adopt a different definition for the purpose of the European social fund.