HC Deb 04 December 1947 vol 445 cc577-8
60. Sir William Darling

asked the Minister of Labour what are the respective capital costs, how many men have been trained, how many are now being trained, and what trades are being trained in Milngavie, Granton, Hillington and Dundee, and is he satisfied with the progress made in these training establishments.

Mr. Isaacs

All these centres are new centres specially planned for the Ministry's training scheme. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Works that the capital costs are £227,000; £170,000; £176,000 and £210,000, respec- tively. Milngavie is not completed, and Dundee has been handed over to the Board of Trade for use as an industrial factory. I will with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of the number and trades of those trained and in training at Granton and Hillington. As regards the last part of the Question, the answer is in the affirmative.

Following are the details:

List of Trades, numbers Trained and in Training.
—— Number Trained. Number in Training 17th November, 1946.
Bricklayers 599
Carpenters 249
Painters 143 1
Plasterers 63
Plumbers 117
Slaters 19 1
Wood Machinists 8
Stone Masons 14
Upholsterers 4 28
1,216 30
Bricklayers 653 9
Carpenters 277 4
Painters 126
Plasterers 77 2
Plumbers 86 2
Slaters 56
Wood Machinists 9
Mastic Asphalt 2 14
Coach Body Building 32
Coach Painting 15
Sheet Metal Workers 16
1,286 94

Sir W. Darling

Can the Minister say whether he is satisfied that the expenditure in two and a half years of almost £1 million on these buildings is really economical expenditure?

Mr. Isaacs

Had it been possible to continue the work of these centres, which for the time being has had to be interrupted owing to the economic situation, I am certain that the money would have been of value to the industries, to the workers concerned, and to the nation.