HC Deb 15 December 1966 vol 738 c638
15. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is aware that students are finding it difficult to obtain technical experience in industry by reason of the unwillingness of employers to take on student labour now that they have to pay Selective Employment Tax; and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

No such case has been brought to my notice.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

While the particular case which gave rise to this Question has been satisfactorily dealt with, will the Minister look into the cases of those who are doing sandwich courses at technical colleges for what the Government are pleased to call "non-productive indusitries", and particularly those doing courses for the catering trade, as I believe that he will find that there are great difficulties in this connection?

Mr. Roberts

My right hon. Friend will be very ready to look into this matter in the light of any evidence that comes forward.