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Young People

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds are in full-time employment.

The latest available estimates, not seasonally adjusted, from winter 1992–93 labour force survey shows that 12 per cent. of 16 and 17-year-olds in Great Britain were in full-time employment. Seventy per cent. of this age group were in full-time education.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what number of 16 and 17-year-olds are currently without a job, a place in higher education or a place on a training scheme.

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to the oral answer of 16 February, Official Report, column 116, what information is available from the labour force survey about the number of those aged 16 and 17-year-olds unemployed according to the International Labour Organisation definition in autumn 1992 and winter 1992–93; and if he will make a statement.

The available information appeared in a feature article in the July 1993 Employment Gazette—"Economic Activity of 16 and 17 year olds", table 1, page 308.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has to increase training provision and other employment measures for young people in Hartlepool.

Teesside training and enterprise council has a wide range of measures in place to help young people in Hartlepool, including the guarantee of a place on youth training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what initiatives his Department is taking to improve career opportunities for young people in London.

Youth training and training credits are available to young people through training and enterprise councils in London, as elsewhere. These offer a wide range of training opportunities which will enhance and improve the career opportunities of those young people participating.Training and enterprise councils will also continue to work in collaboration with the careers service to further develop new and innovative training opportunities for young people.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what number of 16 and 17-year-olds are currently without a job, a place in higher education or a place on a training scheme.

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.