HC Deb 01 April 1963 vol 675 c22
34. Mr. D. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Labour how many boys and girls left school at Christmas 1962 in Dinnington, Maltby and Rotherham; and how many are registered as unemployed at the employment exchanges in each town.

Mr. Whitelaw

Four hundred and seventy boys and girls left school at Christmas in Rother Valley, which includes Dinnington and Maltby, and 380 in Rotherham. Of these, 40 in Rother Valley and ten in Rotherham were unemployed on 11th March.

Mr. Griffiths

In reply to a previous Question the Parliamentary Secretary said that much depends on the type of industry in an area. In the areas referred to in my Question there are various types of industry. None of these children should be unemployed. What seriousness are we to attach to his statement that he does not know the numbers that have returned to school? Is it not a sad reflection on this Government that youngsters leaving school cannot find work?

Mr. Whitelaw

I still must say that I cannot give the figures of those who have returned to school. I note what he has said about the rest, about placing taking rather longer than last year, but as he will be the first to appreciate, substantial progress is being made.