HC Deb 07 May 1924 vol 173 cc410-1
31. Captain RAMAGE

asked the Minister of Labour if any provision can be made for the continuation in the Colonies of the apprenticeship scheme for ex-service men who, through trade depression, have been unable to complete their training in this country; and, failing such provision, if any grant can be made in such cases by way of compensation to assist these men who emigrate to the Colonies?


I assume that the hon. and gallant Member has in mind the Scheme for Interrupted Apprenticeships. The practical difficulties in the way of extending this scheme to training in the Dominions would be too great even if such an arrangement were admissible in principle; and, as regards emigration, I am afraid this class of ex-Service man could not be selected specially for the grant of compensation for the loss of opportunities in this country.