Mr. T. Williams
I am aware of the need for farmworkers especially skilled in the use and maintenance of agricultural machinery. The primary responsibility for the provision of training lies with local education authorities, who receive grant-aid for such training. Guidance has been afforded them in Reports of the Joint Advisory Committee on Agricultural Education, which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education and I have commended to their attention and which local education authorities generally are known to be implementing so far as practicable. Training of this kind, both residential and part-time, is provided also by certain other bodies, and I am sending my hon. Friend details.
Nothing would give me greater joy than if all the unions associated with the industry would combine for the purpose of providing an apprenticeship scheme.
Is the Minister aware that the best thing he can do to encourage a growth of the knowledge of agricultural mechanics is to ensure that the county agricultural executive committees do not keep unnecessarily large and now obsolescent machinery?