Young People (Choice of Employment).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are taken to see that young people, on first entering employment, take posts of usefulness to the country at the present time and offering prospects of permanent employment to them?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Advice to young people leaving school as to choice of employment continues to be given by local education authorities and juvenile advisory committees, and I am glad to have the opportunity of acknowledging the care with which this important service is being maintained under war-time conditions. The general policy followed is that subject to the overriding consideration of the suitability of the work for the young person concerned priority in the filling of vacancies is given to work of immediate national importance. The prospects offered by the available openings are naturally given full consideration in all this advisory work.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many juvenile advisory committees are now in existence or have been re-set up, and will he ask them to keep an eye upon the hours of work of young people?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I will go into that matter.