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European Social Fund

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment for what reason his Department has not yet submitted the operational programmes to the European Commission concerning United Kingdom European social fund objectives 3 and 4 operational programmes; and if he will make a statement.

Unemployment by age is produced quarterly. The following two tables give the extent of the available information and show for the unemployed aged 18 to 24 years (a) the numbers in the St. Helens local authority district together with proportions of male and female unemployment and (b) the median duration of unemployment.The information requested about employment training is not available.At 31 March 1990, there were about 359,000 young people undertaking YTS training in Great Britain. The latest information shows that 66.7 per cent. of all YTS leavers go into a job within three months of leaving and very nearly half of these remain with the same employer. Corresponding figures for St. Helens are not available.

My Department submitted the revised ESF operational programmes for objectives 3 and 4 to the European Commission on 15 June.