§ Mr. Lawson
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will list the changes, and the dates of those changes, in the amount of the weekly National Insurance contribution paid since 1945, by an adult male employee.
§ Mr. Wood
No. The placing of school leavers in employment is a function of the Youth Employment Service. In accordance with the provisions of the Employment and Training Act, 1948, responsibility for the central administration of the Service rests with the Central Youth Employment Executive, which is staffed by officers of my Department, the Ministry of Education and the Scottish Education Department. Ministerial 49W responsibility under the Act rests with my right hon. Friend, and the Executive is answerable to him.