HC Deb 28 April 1938 vol 335 cc276-7
4. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Labour what alterations he contemplates for the schemes of training for unemployed men and women?

Mr. E. Brown

The methods of training are under constant review and improvements are introduced from time to time in the light of experience. One special development shortly to become operative is the establishment of a centre at which training for unskilled factory work of a repetitive kind will be available for men who are suitable neither for heavy labouring work' nor for vocational training at a Government centre.

Mr. Day

Are these centres now running at full strength?

Mr. Brown

I should want notice of that question. We have a large number, of course, and there are still vacancies.

Mr. Day

Should they close down, what happens to the people who have not completed their courses of training?

13. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Labour what proportion of industrial accidents are at the present time sustained by workpeople under the age of 20 years, male and female, indicating the nature of the accidents; and whether he will consider the possibility of including instruction in the avoidance of industrial accidents in all vocational training?

Mr. E. Brown

With regard to the first part of the question, I understand that statistics and details such as are asked for by the hon. Member are given, for factories, in the annual report of the Chief Inspector of Factories, and for mines in the annual report of my right hon. Friend the Secretary for Mines. I might also refer the hon. Member to a publication of the National Association of Federated Employers' Organisations called "Accident Prevention—Juveniles." With regard to the second part of the question, all men receiving vocational training courses under the Ministry of Labour are taught how to avoid accidents in their respective trades.