HC Deb 13 November 1967 vol 754 cc13-4
13. Mr. Scott

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will now make a statement on the future of the Youth Employment Service.

Mr. Gunter

My National Youth Employment Council is closely considering these matters. I shall make a statement as soon as it is feasible to do so.

Mr. Scott

Today is virtually the anniversary of a similar Question which I put to the Minister last year and to which I received the same answer. It is well over two years since we debated this subject. After that debate we all expected early action. Is it not time that we had something rather more than further statements by the Government?

Mr. Gunter

Action has been taken. Considerable improvements have been made in the service. It would be unrealistic to expect any final decisions on the future organisation of the Youth Employment Service in advance of the reports of the two Royal Commissions on Local Government which are expected next year. There has been a record intake of advisory staff this year, namely, 100. There has been very great improvement in the publicity.