HC Deb 29 June 1967 vol 749 c724
9. Sir G. Sinclair

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what steps he has taken to supplement Her Majesty's Government's assistance to technical training in the developing countries by sponsoring overseas students for courses provided here or projected under the Industrial Training Act.

Mr. Oram

The Ministry sponsors overseas students under technical assistance on a wide variety of courses in technical training. In addition, a new scheme has been devised, after consultation with industrial training boards, the Confederation of British Industry and the T.U.C., under which the Ministry of Labour hopes to find training places in British industry for several hundreds of additional students from developing countries each year.

Sir G. Sinclair

I welcome that statement on the new scheme, but how soon does the Minister hope to have any results from it, and have the participating Governments yet been circularised?

Mr. Oram

All suitable publicity has been given to the scheme, but, as it was started only recently, it is too early yet to make an appraisal of its results.