Youth Employment Service statistics do not distinguish between children of Commonwealth immigrants and other school leavers. I would, however, refer my hon. Friend to the speech of my hon. Friend, the then Parliamentary Secretary, on the Motion for the Adjournment, on Thursday, 8th December.—[Vol. 737, c. 1720–26.]
I congratulate my hon. Friend on his first appearance at the Dispatch Box. Does not he agree that the Answer which he has given shows that it really is necessary to acquire statistics about this matter and that if we are seriously to combat the evils of racial discrimination in employment we need to particularise the statistics much more than we have done up to now?
An inquiry carried out by the Youth Employment Service has shown that these immigrant school leavers who wished to obtain apprenticeships and who had obtained the required standards have mostly been able to do so, although this often involved considerable additional work on the part of youth employment officers.