§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement about his Department's discussions with the Manpower Services Commission on the youth opportunities programme.
§ Mr. Macfarlane
Close and continuous contact is maintained with the Manpower Services Commission over the part that the education service plays in the youth opportunities programme. An assessor from the Department sits on the commission's special programmes board, and a member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate acts as a part-time educational consultant to the commission.