HC Deb 31 March 1960 vol 620 cc1488-9
15. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that the day-release courses for shipyard workers require reconsideration in order that they may commend themselves to all workers in the shipyards, and not to one or two sections; and what action he proposes to take in the matter.

Sir D. Eccles

In general, technical colleges are ready to devise courses to meet the needs of specific industrial trades wherever there is a reasonable demand. If my hon. Friend will let me know what particular difficulties she has in mind I will look into them.

Dame Irene Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this point was raised by one of the personnel managers at one of the great shipyards on the Tyne during the time when the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour was addressing school leavers at a conference called by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne? As I cannot give any details, will my right hon. Friend just find out from the North what the feeling is on this matter?

Sir D. Eccles

I hope that my hon. Friend will at least give me the name of the personnel manager. I can then write to him.