HC Deb 31 May 1945 vol 411 cc336-7
14. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements he has been able to make with the employers and trades union organisations to attract men to the building industry in view of urgent need for building operatives.

Mr. Butler

Arrangements have been concluded with the two sides of the building industry under which men without previous experience may have six months' intensive training in a training centre, followed by 14 months' further training and experience in the industry on a progressive scale of wages, after which they will be accepted as fully skilled craftsmen.

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that does not quite answer my Question? Does he think that the arrangements offered to these men will be sufficiently attractive to bring them into the building industry?

Mr. Butler

I think they will. These arrangements have been made by agreement and have the support of the industry, and I trust that they will have the desired result.