HC Deb 07 March 1995 vol 256 c138W
19. Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment when he last met his fellow EU Employment Ministers to discuss youth employment.

Mr. Paice

Employment matters naturally feature prominently in the discussions my right hon. and hon. Friends have had with their ministerial counterparts. I am pleased to say that, at 14 per cent., youth unemployment in the United Kingdom is much lower than the Community average of 19.6 per cent. This shows the benefits to young people of the Government's policy of promoting flexibility in the labour market.