§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Robert Carr)
I assume that the hon. Member refers to the annual report of the Cardiff Youth Employment Committee. The views expressed in this Report are naturally those of the Committee itself. The need for each industry to examine its current apprenticeship arrangements, and generally to ensure that 1209 facilities for training are adequate to enable advantage to be taken of the increasing number of school leavers, is the subject of a report by a sub-committee of the National Joint Advisory Council which has been published today under the title "Training for Skill". I commend this report to the urgent attention of all concerned, and I welcome the steps taken by the Cardiff Youth Employment Committee to give local publicity to this important subject.
§ Mr. Owen
While thanking the Minister for that recognition of the service that the trade union movement can render in this respect, may I ask whether he is aware that between now and the 1960's the number of school leavers will increase by about 50 per cent.? Hence the urgent need for the closest consultation with the trade union movement so that we may be able to face up to that problem.