HC Deb 16 May 1928 vol 217 cc1017-9

asked the Minister of Labour how many training centres for unemployed men, for women and girls, and for juveniles are now in operation in South Wales and Monmouthshire; where they are situated; and the number of persons attending them on 30th April last?


As the reply is necessarily long, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

There are no training centres in South Wales for unemployed men but special

Education Authority. Town in which Juvenile Unemployment Centre is situated. Average daily attendance during week ended 27th April, 1928.
Boys. Girls.
Abertillery Abertillery 69
Cardiff Cardiff 137 152
Carmarthenshire Ammanford 92
Glamorgan Aberdare 157
Bargoed 90
Maesteg 97
Pontypridd 84
Port Talbot 132
Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil 66
Rhondda Ferndale 92
Tonypandy 105
Swansea Swansea 155
Monmouthshire Blaina 76
Ebbw Vale 96
Pontypool 90
Total 1,538 152
24. Mr. G. HALL

asked the Minister of Labour the number of unemployed persons sent to the training centres from the Aberdare and Mountain Ash districts during the past six months, and to which centres they were sent?

arrangements have been made to enable young unemployed miners to attend the centres at Birmingham, Dudley and Bristol. 497 men from South Wales were in training at these centres on 30th April. In addition, about 30 men from that area were receiving farm training at the Claydon and Brandon centres with a view to proceeding overseas.

As regards women and girls, centres at Aberdare, Barry and Brynmawr, with accommodation for 60 women and girls were in operation on 30th April. Courses of training at Pontypool and Swansea, providing accommodation for 60, terminated on 27th and 25th April, respectively, and further courses at these centres will open in May. In addition, centres will be opened during May at Abertillery, Hengoed and Pontypridd, with accommodation for 112. These centres are conducted by the Central Committee on Women's Training and Employment.

The following table shows the number of Juvenile Employment Centres open in South Wales and Monmouthshire on 27th April, 1928, together with the average number attending during the week:


Forty-three men from Aberdare and 32 men from Mountain Ash are in handymen training centre at Bristol. A number of others are on the waiting list. Thirteen men from Aberdare and nine men from Mountain Ash are in training at Brandon for employment overseas.


In view of the importance of these centres and the large number of unemployed in South Wales, is it the intention of the Labour Minister to increase the number of these training centres?


That question does not arise.

25. Mr. HALL

asked the Minister of Labour the number of young men attending the juvenile training centre at Aberdare, and the districts from which they are drawn?


The average number of boys who attended the Juvenile Unemployment Centre at Aberdare daily during the week ended 4th May, 1928, was 129. These boys were drawn from the districts of Aberdare and Mountain Ash.

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