§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will take steps to set up an advisory service for young women wishing to undertake professional careers.
§ Mr. John Fraser
No. Such services are already available. The Employment and Training Act 1973 required all local education authorities to provide a careers service for people attending educational institutions, and empowered them to offer the service to others who seek their help. The employment offices and occupational guidance units of the Employment Service Agency also provide advisory services for those in need of such assistance. Both careers officers and officers of the Employment Service Agency are well aware of the need to encourage young women to take a wide view of the careers opportunities open to them, including those in the professions.