HC Deb 26 November 1968 vol 774 cc90-1W
Mr. Pardoe

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what steps have been taken by his Department to consult with all the voluntary bodies involved in the Youth Service;

(2) if he will take steps to implement the recommendations of the Seebohm Report concerning the Youth Service; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will set up a public inquiry into the Youth Service, as recommended by the Seebohm Report.

Mr. Denis Howell

The Government have issued a general invitation to all interested bodies to send in comments on the Seebohm Committee's report. None has been received so far from youth organisations. The recommendation for a general inquiry into all services for young people will fall to be considered by the Government as part of their consideration of the Report as a whole. The Committee did not report on the Youth Service itself. But in so far as its recommendations may affect the situation in which the Youth Service operates, these are being taken into account by the Youth Service Development Council in its present re-examination of the Youth Service. When the Council's advice is received, the voluntary youth organisations would be among those to be consulted.

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