HC Deb 09 February 1948 vol 447 c8
13. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Works to what extent the Building Apprenticeship Training Council are still urging the juvenile employment committees to increase the number of apprentices in the building trade, in view of the fact that the cuts made under the White Paper on Capital Investment in 1948 must inevitably result in the cancellation of a number of indentures.

Mr. Key

The Building Apprenticeship and Training Council are concerned to see that boys come forward for training as craftsmen so as to maintain a balanced industry, and the Council are now reviewing the present arrangements in the light of the White Paper on Capital Investment. The Council has no direct contact with the juvenile employment committees; the latter are local bodies advising the Juvenile Employment Service which is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour.

Commander Maitland

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that the situation envisaged in this Question is now arising in Skegness, and is probably arising also in other parts of the country?

Mr. Key

I have had no information of any serious matter arising in this respect, and the number of apprentices so far has been below the number necessary to maintain the numbers in the industry.