§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of expenditure on the sponsored placement scheme in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Eggar
On Friday last, 29 June, the consultative document "Employment and Training for People with Disabilities" was published which contains proposals for a rebalancing of the sheltered employment programme, in favour of sheltered placements, over a transitional period of five years. There is to be a six-month period to allow interested parties to comment and at present I am therefore unable to estimate future expenditure on this aspect of the programme.