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Departmental Policies (Caernarfon)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with

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statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Caernarfon constituency, the effects on Caernarfon of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [154976]

Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Caernarfon constituency. The Welsh Assembly will be able to provide details of education policies.

Modern Apprenticeships

Numbers of known starts on Modern Apprenticeships for the requested constituency since 2 May 1997 (as at 30 November 2000) are as follows, broken down by financial year:

Caernarfon

Financial yearFoundation Modern Apprenticeships(31)Advanced Modern Apprenticeships(32)Total
1997-9806464
1998-992776103
1999-200020665271
2000-01(33)14735182
Total380240620

(31) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as National Traineeships, were introduced nationally in September 1997.

(32) Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as Modern Apprenticeships, were introduced nationally in September 1995.

(33) To date



Departmental Policies (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituency, the effects on Meirionnydd Nant Conwy of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [154977]

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Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituency. The Welsh Assembly will be able to provide details of education policies.

Modern Apprenticeships

Numbers of known starts on Modern Apprenticeships for the requested constituency since 2 May 1997 (as at 30 November 2000) are as follows, broken down by financial year:

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy

Financial yearFoundation Modern Apprenticeships(34)Advanced Modern Apprenticeships(35)Total
1997-9804040
1998-99324880
1999-200013549184
2000-01(36)9144135
Total258181439

(34) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as National Traineeships, were introduced nationally in September 1997.

(35) Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as Modern Apprenticeships, were introduced nationally in September 1995.

(36) To date



The claimant unemployment rate has fallen from:

8.7 per cent. in February 1997 to 5.4 per cent. in February 2001 in the Clwyd, South constituency.

Employment zone

The constituencies of Caernarfon, Ynys Mon and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy are covered by the North West Wales Employment Zone. The zone began operating in May 2000 and by December 2000, 882 people had started on the Employment Zone. Of these people 37 had entered employment by December 2000.

Departmental Policies (Ynys Mon)

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Ynys Mon constituency, the effects on Ynys Mon of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [154974]

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Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Ynys Mon constituency. The Welsh Assembly will be able to provide details of education policies.

Modern Apprenticeships

Numbers of known starts on Modern Apprenticeships for the requested constituency since 2 May 1997 (as at 30 November 2000) are as follows, broken down by financial year.

Ynys Mon

Financial yearFoundation Modern Apprenticeships(37)Advanced Modern Apprenticeships(38)Total
1997-983102105
1998-998768155
1999-200036187448
2000-01(39)19567262
Total646324970

(37) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as National Traineeships, were introduced nationally in September 1997

(38) Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as Modern Apprenticeships, were introduced nationally in September 1995.

(39) To date



The North West Wales Action Team for Jobs operated in Holyhead, which lies within the Ynys Mon constituency. The Action Team began operating in October 2000: by February 2001 the Team had a caseload of 140 people and 15 people had entered employment.

Departmental Policies (Edinburgh, South)

Mr. Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Edinburgh, South constituency, the effects on Edinburgh of the Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [155340]

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Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Edinburgh, South constituency. For education matters I refer my hon. Friend to the Scottish Parliament.

Modern Apprenticeships

Scottish Office will provide.

New Deal for Young People

In the Edinburgh, South constituency, 586 young people have joined the New Deal to the end December 2000. 298 have found jobs, 232 of which are sustained.

Labour Market Statistics

The working age employment rate in City of Edinburgh in autumn 2000 was 81.8 per cent., above the UK rate of 74.7 per cent. The rate in autumn 1997 was 73.2 per cent.

The claimant unemployment rate has fallen from 7.9 per cent. in February 1997 to 4.4 per cent. in February 2001 in the Edinburgh, South constituency.


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