§ Mr. BARNES
asked if the Labour Exchange work in connection with boys and girls is to be transferred to the education authorities, together with a Government Grant towards the cost?
There is no proposal to transfer to education authorities the work of the Labour Exchanges in connection with boys and girls, which will be carried out in accordance with the Special Rules recently issued by the Board of Trade, in consultation with the Board of Education. My hon. Friend will notice that Rule 6 contemplates the possibility of local education authorities obtaining and exercising statutory powers for the purpose of giving advice, information, and assistance to boys and girls with respect to the choice of employment. My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education has already stated that he is now considering, in consultation with me, the lines of legislation for the purpose of giving local education authorities in England and Wales powers for this purpose. It is contemplated that any such powers would be exercised in co-operation with, and not in substitution for, the work of the Labour Exchanges.