HC Deb 03 December 1958 vol 596 c134W
64. Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Labour how many school leavers had failed to find jobs at the latest convenient date; and how this figure compares with the corresponding position in 1957.

Mr. Wood

As I told the hon. Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Wade) on 5th November, it is not possible to identify school leavers separately, but on 13th October, 1958, 4,342 boys and 2,549 girls who were registered as unemployed were recorded as having no previous employment. Most of them probably left school this year. These figures, however, would not include any of this year's school leavers who might have obtained employment but since become unemployed. The corresponding figures for 14th October, 1957, were 1,706 boys and 1,212 girls.