§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many jobs he estimated would be created in Wales by the European Social Fund when he undertook the recent review of the measures for relieving unemployment; and what was the estimated cost to the fund of this assistance.
§ Mr. Golding
Assistance cannot be granted from the European Social Fund towards schemes of job creation.
Of the measures for relieving unemployment which were announced on 3rd March, the following are prima facie eligible for assistance from the Fund, and applications will be made for such assistance:Training Services Agency's measures to sustain the level of long term training in industry during the recession.Short courses under the Training Opportunities Scheme.Expansion of the Community Industry Scheme.Extension of the Work Experience Programme.
It is estimated that as a result of the decisions announced on 3rd March there will be scope for the training of about 60,000 extra young people under these schemes. I regret that it is not possible to calculate how much of the additional training will be carried out in Wales.