HC Deb 11 May 1967 vol 746 cc1693-4
Q3. Mr. Whitaker

asked the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Minister with special responsibilities for Voluntary Community Service.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Mr. Whitaker

Would my right hon. Friend agree that there is a considerable amount of frustrated idealism among young people nowadays, and would he consider giving an imaginative lead to young people so that instead of occupations like cadet corps at school they can do some useful welfare work, such as the reclamation of waste land?

The Prime Minister

Inevitably, the publicity given to certain delinquent activities among a small minority of people diverts attention from the very fine spirit of idealism and service of a very large number of our young people —church people and others. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science, has special responsibility for all these matters, including voluntary services by youth.

Mr. Sharples

Can the Prime Minister say when he expects publication of the Seebohm Report?

The Prime Minister

Not without notice.

Mr. Faulds

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is a pretty poor comment on the Opposition benches that they should laugh when the idealism of British youth is mentioned?