HC Deb 25 February 1943 vol 387 cc276-7
10. Mr. Viant

asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government have formulated any plans for training and employment in the building industry after the war, having regard to the prospective demands of post-war reconstruction?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, Sir. The Government fully recognise the importance of this matter and have been devoting close attention to it. Their proposals are set out in a White Paper which will be available in the Vote Office to-day.

Mr. Viant

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is gratification in the industry at the speed with which this has been done?

Mr. Bossom

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the modern knowledge to be given to the younger people owing to new regulations, new materials and new processes, and will he push this as hard as he can and as quickly as possible?

Mr. Thorne

Am I to understand that the training will mean training for bricklayers, carpenters and joiners? Will the ordinary labourers have a chance?

Mr. Bevin

In the new training schemes that will be set up, I am hoping there will be a wider training available to the building industry. I press that because it is frightfully important. The training schemes will be broad in conception in order to give everybody a chance.

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