30. Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY
asked the Minister of Labour whether he will state the average cost per month of the training scheme for young women at Craibstone Farm, Aberdeen; and how many young women, as a result of the efficient course of training they have received during the progress of the scheme, have now developed into useful members of the agricultural community?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Dr. Macnamara)
The average cost per month of this course for 15 trainees is £101 7s. 6d. The number of women who have completed their training is 15, all of whom have been placed on farms, and there are a further 27 at present in training.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is one of the most economical schemes, from the national point of view, the Government has ever embarked upon; and would it not be better to devote some of the money spent in reclothing the Army on a scheme such as this?
Will the right hon. Gentleman and Government reconsider the scheme, in view of the fact that the right hon. Gentleman says this is a very good scheme?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
It is a very good scheme, and I will have the matter further considered; but the hon. Member must understand that I can give no assurance that it will be continued after 30th June.
§ Major MACKENZIE WOOD
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the agricultural community in the North-East of Scotland desire its continuance?