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Volume 175: debated on Thursday 5 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of Government spending in the last financial year was devoted to training in each Group of Seven and European Community country; and if he will make a statement.

The information is not available in the form requested. Figures showing public expenditure on labour market programmes as a percentage of GDP and which separately identify labour market training for adults and young people, are published in "Labour Market Policies for the 1990s"—OECD 1990. This OECD publication also draws attention to the methodological difficulties in attempting to arrive at internationally comparable data, the principal one stemming from the different institutional arrangements in individual countries, and it advises caution in interpreting the figures.