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Youth Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the Minister of Education whether he will give an assurance that the youth service is to be a permanent part of the education service.

Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden

Is the Minister aware that there has been a growing disillusionment about this service and that one of the latest examples of it was made apparent in the Times Educational Supplement last week? Does the Minister agree that there has been increasing disillusionment, and will he explain why this is so?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I think that that would be a better subject for debate, but I hope that my Answer will help.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

Is the Minister aware that a recent report from the Select Committee, which is of course an all-party committee of the House, expressed very great concern about the attitude of his predecessors towards the youth service? May we expect a somewhat more forceful lead and a more urgent one from the right hon. Gentleman in the near future?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I must restrict myself to the formal statement that my reply will be made in the proper manner.

Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden

asked the Minister of Education to what extent he has considered the effect which the proposal to institute a block grant may have upon the youth service; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I see no reason why the introduction of the general grant should affect the youth service adversely.

Photo of Mr Reginald Moss Mr Reginald Moss , Meriden

But does not the Minister agree that if local authorities have to economise because of the increasing burden of the rates, the youth service may be considered expendable?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

I do not think that the hon. Member or the House ought to assume that the introduction of the general grant will mean that there will be less money available.