§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are his proposals for the youth service; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
The Government is committed to raising the profile of the youth service which it values as an important provider of personal and social education for young people. Details about our proposed legislation to place the youth service on a clearer and more specific statutory basis will be included in the White Paper on Lifelong Learning.
We are taking forward proposals for an audit of youth service provision in local authorities and are also considering how the youth service can contribute to educational policies more generally.