asked the Minister of Labour how many school leavers this year have been found employment in the south-west Durham area; how many are still waiting for employment; how many have been placed in apprenticeships; and what are the prospects for 1962.
§ Mr. Hare
1,128 boys and 1,055 girls have left school for employment in south-west Durham since Christmas, 1960. Of these, 15 boys and 4 girls were unemployed in Mid-November.
Statistics of the numbers getting apprenticeships are not available in respect of particular areas before 1st July. Between 1st July and the end of October 275 boys—44 per cent. of those leaving school for employment during the period—and 13 girls—2.2 per cent.—have obtained apprenticeships.
For girls there should be no shortage of employment next year, though the range of choice may be limited. For boys, while there may be local employment difficulties, a substantial proportion should, as at present, get apprenticeships.