HC Deb 07 March 1960 vol 619 cc28-9
39. Mr. Prentice

asked the Minister of Labour how many appointments have been made under the scheme of the Industrial Training Council to appoint training officers to help with the organisation of group apprenticeship schemes.

Mr. P. Thomas

The number of posts for training officers created so far under the Industrial Training Council Scheme is five; and four appointments have already been made. These posts are concerned not with group apprenticeship schemes alone but with the setting up of training schemes in industry generally.

Mr. Prentice

Are not five training officers hopelessly too few to perform the tasks which need to be performed in the field of group apprenticeship schemes and the other matters which the hon. Gentleman mentioned? Will he say if and when further appointments are likely to be made?

Mr. Thomas

Further appointments are likely to be made as soon as the demand for this service from industry grows.