§ 76. Captain LOSEBY
asked the Minister of Labour how many officers are being trained under the Training Grants scheme of his Department at recognised universities and how many in other ways?
§ Sir R. HORNE
Training at recognised universities under the Training Grant scheme is dealt with by the Board of Education. I am informed that interim Grants have been promised to 1,042 ex-Service students, of whom about 90 per cent. are actually in residence. There have also been made fifty-four interim and four definitive Grants to candidates for higher education in Ireland. As regards the second part of the question, there are fourty-eight students actually in training under the Board of Agriculture, but no Grants have yet been made for other forms of training. There are, however, 2,282 serving and discharged officers in training with the Appointments Department under the scheme for "officers' university and technical classes," under Army Council Instruction 517, of 1918.
§ 77. Captain LOSEBY
asked the Minister of Labour how many selection committees have been set up for interviewing candidates for training under the Training Grants scheme for officers; and how many applicants they have seen?
§ Sir R. HORNE
Five out of the thirteen selective committees to be set up by the Ministry of Labour have met, and have appointed seventeen boards to interview candidates for consideration under the Training Grants scheme. A total of fifty-three candidates have been seen by these boards, which have only recently been appointed and have not all met. It is expected that the remaining eight committees will all have held their first meetings by Easter. I understand that the Board of Education have appointed five district university committees, and that these have already been constituted.