§ 28. Sir ROBERT THOMAS
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is 347 aware that the two agricultural training centres now in existence, being in East Anglia, are too far away to be of use to South Wales; and whether, in order to afford unemployed miners in that area the fullest facilities for agricultural training with a view to farm work overseas, he will establish one or more similar training centres in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Swansea Valley, Monmouthshire, or elsewhere within easy reach of the South Wales coalfield?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
I have been asked to reply. The existing centres are open to men from any part of the country, and free travelling facilities are provided. Should it be decided, however, to open other centres, the possibility of establishing one in Wales will be carefully considered.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
In view of the exceptional distress in the North Staffordshire coalfield, will the hon. Member see that one of these training centres is established there?