§ 85. Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Labour what is the estimated number of Easter school leavers in Gateshead this year; and how many jobs will be available for them.
§ Mr. Godber
About 400 boys and girls are expected to leave school in Gateshead at Easter. It is not possible to forecast how many jobs will be available for them, but there has been some increase in vacancies in recent weeks, and the Youth Employment Service is canvassing employers in the area to provide further openings for young people.
§ Mr. Randall
asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of boys and girls, respectively, under 18 years of age registered as unemployed at the Gateshead youth employment office at mid-February in the years 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964; what is the number of school leavers registered for first employment at February 1964; and what is the estimated number of school leavers who have taken up full-time further educational courses and who are not included in the number of registered unemployed for February, 1964.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
The numbers of boys and girls under 18 years of age registered as unemployed at the Gateshead Youth Employment Office at mid-February in the years 1961 to 1964 were as follows:
Date Boys Girls February, 1961 24 12 February, 1962 122 17 February, 1963 271 75 February, 1964 137 26
The February, 1964, totals included 29 boys and 3 girls registered for first employment It is estimated that since September, 1963, about 150 school leavers have taken up full-time further educational courses; they are not included in the registered unemployed.