HC Deb 27 April 1960 vol 622 c183
3. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Labour if he will increase the proportion of his grant towards the salaries of local youth employment officers.

Mr. P. Thomas

No, Sir; the grant already covers three-quarters of the expenditure on salaries.

Mr. Holt

Does not the Minister agree that the real problem here is to bring the worst local authorities up to the standards of the best? Will he consider sending out a circular on this matter for the guidance of local authorities? Will he not further agree that at a time when the Government are being asked to implement the Albemarle Report it would be quite anomalous and retrograde for the youth employment officers to suffer a diminution in their status, with a consequent lowering of the quality of the people entering the employment service?

Mr. Thomas

I will certainly consider what the hon. Member has said.