HC Deb 16 November 1983 vol 48 cc481-2W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if there is any action he will be taking to meet the criticisms there have been of the youth training scheme as it affects disabled young people.

Mr. Peter Morrison

[pursuant to his reply, 29 July 1983, c. 654]: Disabled school leavers are already eligible to join the youth training scheme up to age 18. The chairman of the Manpower Services Commission has written to my right hon. Friend asking him to consider a proposal that eligibility should be extended to include disabled young people who have stayed on in full-time education because of their disability up to age 21. I have informed the chairman that the Government have accepted this proposal given the particularly strong claims of this group to special treatment and I understand that the Commission will be introducing the necessary amendment to the eligibility rules at an early date.