HC Deb 28 April 1931 vol 251 cc1435-6
37. Mr. A. M. SAMUEL

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if the vocational training centres at Chiseldon, Hounslow, and Aldershot can deal with all eligible men who wish for vocational training; and, if not, can facilities be increased?


At the present time, generally speaking, the numbers coming forward for vocational training are not in excess of the numbers for whom provision is made. Facilities have recently been provided for an additional 400 men a year and it is hoped that these vacancies will be filled during the current year. But my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is, as the House is aware, keenly interested in this question, and the possibility of increasing the numbers who can take advantage of the scheme, and of any consequential increase in the facilities, is receiving careful examination and will be fully reviewed in connection with next year's Estimates. Any expansion of the scheme must, however, be gradual if the present high standard of success is to be maintained.


If this vocational training is doing good to these men will the hon. Gentleman consider applying to the Treasury to get permission to obtain money from the unemployment grant already voted by this House?


I understand that the money voted for the Ministry of Labour for this particular purpose is required for the Ministry of Labour's own centres.