§ Mr. Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many employment training places were allocated to the Ardrossan-Saltcoats area; how many have been filled; and if any change in the number of allocated places is proposed.
§ Mr. Nicholls
The information requested is not available in the form requested. In the Training Agency's Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway area office, of which the Ardrossan-Saltcoats area forms a part, there are currently 4,088 places available. Of these 2,526 were filled at 3 March. After just six months this is a very satisfactory take-up of employment training by unemployed people who are clearly attracted to a high quality programme. There are no plans to reduce the number of places in the Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway area.