[John Robertson in the Chair] — Services for Young People

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:48 pm on 22nd March 2012.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Chair, Education Committee 3:48 pm, 22nd March 2012

The hon. Lady is very fair-minded and will want to recognise the fact that mass youth unemployment has been a reality for the entirety of the time that we are talking about. From the beginning, it was pretty solid. It did not move in the boom years of the previous Government. After the financial crisis, it went up. Although there was a temporary drop before the last election, the upward movement was there. It is a systemic issue, which we need to tackle. It is certainly not the result of any immediate policies of a Government who have been in power for 22 months.