§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
My Department, in co-operation with the Training Services Agency, is promoting pilot schemes of unified vocational preparation. In addition, the Further Education Curriculum Review and Development Unit is concentrating effort upon the UVP programme and the youth opportunities programme. Many young people serving as apprentices already benefit from courses of complementary training and education. I announced last June a new further education programme to182W
the hazards to health involved in the excessive consumption of alcohol.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
There is no reliable estimate of the total number of cases of alcoholism in Wales but there is evidence of alcohol abuse nationally, particularly among young people, and this causes me concern.
The table below shows for each of the five years for which figures are available the number of persons admitted to mental hospitals and psychiatric units in Wales who have been diagnosed as suffering from alcoholic psychosis or alcoholism:
complement the MSC youth opportunities programme.