§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether the community projects foundation is grant-aided by the Manpower Services Commission; and what is the amount and duration of the grant or grants provided and the purpose for which the grants were given.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the commumnity projects foundation is not grant-aided by the Commission.
Financial support is, however, provided under the youth opportunities programme for a training workshop providing work experience for 30 unemployed young people and for a resource unit set up and administered by the foundation to provide expertise for other sponsors in devising, planning and operating workshop schemes.
Annual funding of the training workshop is based upon the level of running costs and number of occupied trainee places within an agreed limit—£87,000 for 1979–80. Setting up costs have also been reimbursed within a limit of £18,000. Running cost support may be renewed annually subject to the satisfactory operation of the scheme.
The staff and administrative costs of the resource unit will be funded initially for a two-year period from 2 July 1979 within a limit of £50,000 per year.