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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st October 1985.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Edwards Mr Nicholas Edwards , Pembroke 12:00 am, 21st October 1985

That is true. There is no doubt that high basic rates for youngsters in relation to rates for adults are a key factor in deciding whether firms take on young people. There is no doubt also that the rates that have been paid to youngsters have been a factor in discouraging their employment. We should do everything that we can to bring them into work where they can be trained and where they can earn much higher rates in future.