HC Deb 29 May 1951 vol 488 c7
11. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Minister of Labour what has been the cost so far of the National Institute of House-workers; how many such workers have obtained its diploma; and what percentage of them is known to be suitably employed.

Mr. Lee

The grants made so far to the Institute total about £370,000. This figure covers the whole of the administrative cost since its inception in 1946, including the cost of training. In addition, loans have been made totalling about £120,000 to meet capital expenditure, mainly for the provision of premises for training centres, and are secured by a charge on the whole of the Institute's assets. As regards the latter part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Westmorland (Mr. Vane) on 10th May, and to the debate on the Adjournment on 27th April.

Mr. Pickthorn

Does the last part of that answer mean that there is no running record kept, or, if not, why should we not be given the percentage up to date?

Mr. Lee

I have referred the hon. Member to the debate on 27th April, when I gave certain rough estimates. We know that there are at least 75 per cent. of the people still in employment.

Mr. Assheton

What is the cost of training each worker?

Mr. Lee

I think I have given that figure, but I cannot give it again without notice.

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