HC Deb 22 November 1982 vol 32 c570
10. Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he is satisfied that the youth service in Wales is able to provide for all young people who have need of it; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Roberts

Her Majesty's inspectors have recently undertaken a comprehensive study of the youth services provided by local education authorities and voluntary organisations in Wales. I expect to have their report by next spring.

Mr. Thomas

Will the Minister tell us when he expects to publish this report so that there can be full discussion of its implications within the youth service in Wales, as the Government have published already the report of the review group on youth service in England?

Mr. Roberts

It will be my intention to publish the report soon after I receive it from the inspectors. There is no real reason for accepting the English report, as we have our own coming out in the spring.

Sir Anthony Meyer

Does my right hon. Friend accept that the proposals recently put forward by his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment for job-splitting among young people could make a useful contribution to ensuring that larger numbers of school leavers have a job to go to, even if it is, for the time being, a part-time job?

Mr. Roberts

The proposal to split jobs is helpful for young people seeking employment. When we are discussing the youth service, we are more concerned with the services and clubs provided for young people in the Principality.