HC Deb 03 June 1937 vol 324 cc1150-1
13. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Labour what steps his Department are taking to encourage suitable systems for training boys for skilled trades?

Mr. E. Brown

The training of boys for skilled trades is primarily a matter for the industry concerned, but my Department are always ready to co-operate. I may add that in discussions with representatives of certain industries, special attention has been drawn in appropriate cases to the need for reviewing the conditions of recruitment and training of young persons for skilled trades.

Mr. Day

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider consulting the Board of Education to see whether something can be done for the benefit of these boys leaving school?

Mr. Brown

We are in constant contact with the Board of Education in respect of juvenile employment.

Mr. Levy

Would it not be an advantage if some of these boys were allowed to come into these firms, instead of having these restrictions which only allow so many boys to enter skilled trades?

Mr. Brown

That is a matter for the trades concerned.

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