§ Mr. Golding
I am pleased to announce that my right hon. Friend has approved increased provision in 19 areas where community industry is already active. The Community Industry National Management Board is preparing recommendations for further allocations of the extra places to which my hon. Friend refers.
The areas where expansion has been approved are:
The take up of these places will depend on local conditions.25W
- Camden & Islington.
- Central Region (Scotland).
- Coventry & Nuneaton.
- Derbyshire North East.
- North Humberside.
- South Tyne.
- West Glamorgan.
§ Mr. Christopher Price
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what was the increase in unemployment among young persons in the years from 1972 to 1976.
§ Mr. Golding
The numbers registered as unemployed are analysed by age in January and July each year. The following table shows the number of unemployed young people under 18 years of age in Great Britain during the period January 1972 to January 1977:
(000's) 1972 January 55.8 July 56.9 1973 January 47.0 July 27.0 1974 January — July 33.4 1975 January — July 105.0 1976 January 106.1 July 268.4 1977 January 122.4
Because of industrial action by some staff in the Department of Employment Group information for January 1974 and January 1975 is not available.
The statutory school leaving age was raised from 15 to 16 under the provisions of the School Leaving Age Order 1972 and the School Leaving Age (Scotland) Regulations 1972, which came into operation in September 1972.