Youth Employment Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1970.

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Photo of Mr Michael Grylls Mr Michael Grylls , Chertsey 12:00 am, 12th November 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on his policy on the future of the Youth Employment Service.

Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Warwick and Leamington

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Written Reply I gave him on 20th July. Any statement of policy on the future of the Youth Employment Service must wait until my right hon. Friend has given full consideration to the views put to him by the many organisations consulted.—[Vol. 804, c. 47.]

Photo of Mr Michael Grylls Mr Michael Grylls , Chertsey

First, does my hon. Friend agree that local authorities see this as an essential part of the education services?

Secondly, will he consult his right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and Science, before any final decision is taken?

Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Warwick and Leamington

Yes. I am aware of the views in many parts of the education world, but there are also views expressed by other people. This matter cannot be taken in isolation from the question of career guidance and the development of the adult employment service. However, I promise my hon. Friend that my right hon. Friend will consult the Secretary of State for Education and Science before a decision is made.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw , Liverpool Toxteth

Will the hon. Gentleman bear in mind that, particularly in Liverpool, youth employment is running at one of the highest levels for many years, and that there is a need for getting apprenticeship schemes going? Will the hon. Gentleman look into it and perhaps consider an expansion of the service?

Photo of Mr Dudley Smith Mr Dudley Smith , Warwick and Leamington

We shall consider that. If we examine the whole situation, we see that the youth employment side is crucial to future jobs. That is why we want to get it right and why my right hon. Friend insists on the proper consultation before making a decision.