asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consideration he has given to the representations of the Institute of Careers Officers enclosing the resolution of the institute's council passed on 1 March calling on the Government formally to request local authorities to exclude the careers service from cuts in staffing; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend has given careful consideration to the representations which he has received from the Institute of Careers Officers, including this resolution. It is the Government's policy not to exempt any services, except those of law and order, from their call for a reduction in public expenditure and my right hon. Friend is replying to the institute accordingly.