§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will make a statement about the training allowance scheme in the light of the increased number of boys and girls who will be leaving school this year.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Yes. I have decided, after consulting the National Youth Employment Council, that a boy or girl may be submitted under the scheme to an employer in another area through the Youth Employment Service in competition with local boys and girls. If he is engaged he will be eligible for assistance under the scheme. This change abolishes the rule whereby a young person cannot be assisted under the scheme if suitable young people are available locally. Thus, the able boy or girl in a non-industrial area will continue to have a chance to obtain training in, employment away from home which he might otherwise have lost.