§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consideration has been given, in his assessment of a possible scheme of community service, to the payment of an allowance to those on the scheme; what was the level of weekly pay of a National Service man in the last year of National Service; and what would be its value at current prices.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Government are keeping under review the needs of the young unemployed and the help that is given them. I understand the level of weekly pay in the last year of recruitment for National Service—1960—was £1.11s.6d. On the basis of movement in the retail price index and available indices since 1960, its current value would be some £9.02.