§ 43. Mr. William Hamilton
asked -the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received to date from the farming community against the establishment of the Agricultural Training Board; and what representations he has received in support of the Board's efforts to give adequate training to all employees who want it.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. William Ross)
None, Sir, but I understand that the work of the Board is fully suported by the organisations representing the employers and workers concerned.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Does my right hon. Friend recognise that hon. Members, par 366 ticularly hon. Members opposite, voted against the establishment of the Agricultural Training Board? Does lie not think it deplorable that Members who consistently criticise the Government for providing inadequate training facilities should take this action? Can he say how many workers in Scotland will avail themselves of these training opportunities?
§ Mr. Ross
It is very difficult to give an assessment of how many people in Scotland will avail themselves of the opportunities given, but I know full well that there is anxiety to ensure that training facilities are provided, and that, in particular, those from sparsely populated areas will have an opportunity, for the first time, of proper training.