§ 16. Mr. Renton
asked the Minister of Labour what percentage of young people, placed in employment by the Youth Employment Service during the past period for which figures are available, were placed in agriculture; and what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that as many people as possible take up farming as a career.
§ Sir W. Monckton
1.7 per cent. of the total placings made by the Youth Employment Service in 1951 and the first four months of this year were in agriculture and horticulture; 5.1 per cent. of the total of young people entering insurable employment in the same period went into these industries. Information about opportunities in agriculture and the training facilities available is given to all suitable young people by the Youth Employment Service, and particulars of openings known to the Service are brought to their notice.