§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the average cost of a place on the youth opportunities programme (a) including overhead administrative costs and (b) excluding those costs.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
[pursuant to his reply, 9 March 1981, c. 240]: The average gross cost of a place on the youth opportunities programme, including overhead administrative costs, is £38 per week, £35 per week excluding administrative costs. After taking into account 285W the benefits that participants would otherwise have claimed, and other tax and national insurance effects the net cost falls to about two-thirds of the gross cost.