HC Deb 13 April 1937 vol 322 cc786-7
58. Sir R. Young

asked the Secretary of State for War whether there are any military trainees being trained in engineering works and motor-omnibus establishments in Scotland; and, if so, will he state how many men are being so trained and the conditions of pay, etc., under which they serve as trainees?

Mr. Cooper

Eighteen soldiers due to leave the Army in the near future are undergoing courses of training with civilian firms in Scotland. These soldiers receive their normal Army emoluments and are attached to the nearest Army unit for accommodation, etc. They are not remunerated in any way by the training firm. The courses which are supplemental to those given in Army vocational training centres are designed to fit the men concerned for civil employment on leaving the Colours.

Sir R. Young

Would it be possible to tell me the names of the firms?

Mr. Cooper

Not without notice.

63. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for War how many discharged soldiers desiring to re-enter civil life have been given direct assistance by means of vocational training centres or otherwise during the 12 months to the last convenient date; and how many were placed in civil employment on the completion of their training?

Mr. Cooper

During the 12 months ending 3rst December, 1936, 3,495 soldiers passed through Army vocational training centres and of these 2,812 are known to have obtained employment.

Mr. Day

What other assistance are the Government prepared to give to discharged soldiers besides placing them in vocational centres?

Mr. Cooper

They give every facility in their power.

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