HC Deb 26 July 1965 vol 717 c9
11. Mr. Boston

asked the Minister of Labour what progress he is making in setting up a training board for the agricultural industry.

Mr. Gunter

Exploratory discussions with the industry about a training board for agriculture have begun and I hope that good progress will have been made by the end of the year.

Mr. Boston

Does my right hon. Friend appreciate that the outcome of these discussions is eagerly awaited? Can he give any further indication of when the board will be set up?

Mr. Gunter

I could not give any firm date, but it will be appreciated that many organisations will have to be consulted, including those in industries which are, so to speak, on the fringe of the agricultural industry. At this stage I can only say that I hope that we shall have made very good progress with our discussions with the industry by the end of the year.

Sir Knox Cunningham

While welcoming what the right hon. Gentleman has said, may I ask whether he will press on with this matter so that the existing training schemes, such as the Y.M.C.A's. "British Boys for British Farms" scheme, can co-operate fully with the plans of the training board?

Mr. Gunter

Yes, Sir.

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