§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
As the answer involves a table of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ The information required is as follows:
§ 28. Brigadier-General MAKINS
asked the Secretary of State for War whether those responsible for the Army vocational training centres keep each centre warned on the one hand as to which trades are fully supplied with skilled craftsmen, and on the other hand informed as to which trades are offering employment, in addition to the bespoke tailoring trade, the hotel and restaurant trade for chefs and cooks, and the building trade for plasterers?
§ Mr. SHAW
Yes, Sir. The trades taught at the Army vocational training, centres are constantly under review with regard to the degree of employability they offer. I should add that only those trades are taught in which reasonable proficiency may be expected after six months training. It will be quite obvious that highly skilled trades, which require 975 years of whole-time training if the worker is to be proficient, cannot be taught at Army vocational training centres.