HC Deb 22 April 1959 vol 604 c366
9. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the importance of the work of youth employment officers employed by local education authorities and the necessity for them being properly remunerated for suitable qualifications, whether a statement has yet been prepared as to the qualifications required.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service (Mr. Richard Wood)

I understand that this statement is still under consideration by the local authority associations concerned in England and Wales.

Mr. Holt

Is the Parliamentary Secretary happy about the present situation in regard to youth employment officers employed by the local education authorities, for whom his Department pays 75 per cent. of their salaries, who receive much lower salaries than those employed direct by the Ministry of Labour? As many of these people have very high qualifications and the work done is very important, does he not think that something ought to be done about it?

Mr. Wood

The purpose of the two Answers which I gave the hon. Gentleman in March and this month was to draw attention to the discussions that are going on now on the basis of what the hon. Gentleman means, and I hope that the result of those discussions will give satisfaction in the direction which he suggests.