§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many school leavers have registered as unemployed in the Bassetlaw constituency in the past 12 months; how many of these have accepted training or work experience courses; and how many are still unemployed.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
[pursuant to his reply, 3 December 1979, c. 26]: The numbers of school leavers registered as unemployed at significant points during the last year at careers and employment offices in Worksop and Retford, which together correspond broadly to the Bassetlaw constituency, were as follows:
1979 January 70 April 42 September 257 November 116
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that about 150 school leavers from these offices have entered the work experience and work preparation elements of the youth opportunities programme since 1 January 1979.