HC Deb 22 February 1938 vol 332 cc175-6
36. Brigadier-General Makins

asked the Secretary of State for War how many soldiers have been trained at the Army vocational training centres each year since 1927; what has been the actual cost per head for the trainees; and what percentage have found employment?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Year. Number trained. Approximate net cost per head. Percentage known to have obtained employment.
1928 1,603 11 81
1929 2,193 7 85
1930 1,991 8 82
1931 2,429 9 75
1932 2,309 10 79
1933 2,298 9 88
1934 2,608 8 85
1935 3,095 7 76
1936 3,495 6.5 80
1937 3,949 * 82
Total 25,970 81
* This figure is not yet available.
38. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for War how many time-expired soldiers have been trained in the farm department at Chisledon camp since its inception; and whether he has any information concerning the number of those so trained who have found permanent employment on the land on discharge from the service?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Up to the end of last year 1,408 soldiers had received agricultural training at the Army vocational training centre, Chisledon; 1,093 of these are known to have obtained civil employment on leaving the Colours.

Mr. Bellenger

Is this farm school now being closed down?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Not as far as I am aware.

Mr. T. Williams

How many have received employment actually as a result of this training?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am afraid I am not in a position to say.