HC Deb 21 November 1949 vol 470 cc34-5
63. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Works if he is aware that the limitations now reimposed on private building will reduce the numbers of new operatives entering the building trade; and what arrangements he is making to ensure an adequate flow of trainees in anticipation of the return of normal conditions.

Mr. Key

While I agree that the curtailment of the programme of public as well as private building is likely to call for a reduced labour force, I anticipate that there will be ample work suitable for the training of apprentices. The rate of recruitment in relation to the future building programme will continue to receive the attention of my Department in consultation with the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council, which was established specifically to advise me on such matters.

Brigadier Medlicott

Is the Minister aware that a high proportion of new entrants come into the trade through the small builder; and will he bear in mind that the limitation on building may slow down the flow of recruits unless he watches the position?

Mr. Key

There is that possibility, but I think that for some considerable time there will be sufficient work for the small builder to employ apprentices.