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Msc: European Social Fund Allocations

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What benefit the Manpower Services Commission has received from the European Social Fund in each of the last five years.

The following allocations have been made from the European Social Fund in respect of Manpower Services Commission programmes in each of the last 5 years:

1983£225,597,975
1984£236,066,609
1985£165,832,158
1986£151,124,728
1987£254,649,128

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they consider that the Manpower Services Commission has drawn sufficient attention to the benefits it has received from the European Social Fund.

The 1986–87 Annual Report published by the Manpower Services Commission acknowledges the European Social Fund contribution to its programmes. Department of Employment and Manpower Services Commission officials are currently discussing ways of improving publicity for 1988 social fund applications.

asked Her Majesty's Government:What steps they have recently taken to increase public awareness of the assistance provided by the European Social Fund to the Manpower Services Commission and its activities.

On 27th July, the Department of Employment issued a press release about the European Commission's decision on the European Social Fund allocations to the United Kingdom for 1987. In a note to editors an allocation of £254 million from the fund for MSC training schemes was highlighted.