HC Deb 03 June 1954 vol 528 cc106-7W
68. Mr. H. Nicholls

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make special inquiries about the effect of National Service upon the education and employment of young men.

Sir W. Monckton

Yes. On the advice of the Advisory Council on the Relationship between Employment in the Services and Civilian Life a special inquiry is to be made by my Department covering a representative sample of National Service men after they have returned to civilian life.

The object of the inquiry is to obtain more definite information about questions bearing upon the men's employment, vocational guidance and resettlement. For this purpose, National Service men who completed their two years' service last September will, in the course of the next few days, be invited to go to a local office of the Ministry of Labour. The information which they give will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used only for the purposes of this inquiry. It is my hope that by this means we shall obtain valuable information about any employment or educational problems which may exist, and I would assure the young men concerned that by co-operating in this inquiry they will be performing a most useful public service.