HC Deb 27 November 1973 vol 865 cc192-3
4. Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will make a statement about progress in setting up the Training Services Agency.

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The aim is for the Training Services Agency to come into existence as a body corporate working under the direction of the Manpower Services Commission on 1st April 1974. The agency is now being set up within my Department and good progress is being made.

Mr. Huckfield

Will the hon. Gentleman comment on the current consultations between the Training Services Agency and the industrial training boards? On what basis will the TSA make grants to the individual training boards?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

Progress between the boards and my officials varies in different cases. In most cases progress is well advanced and all is going well.

Mr. William Clark

Where will the offices of the TSA be located? Does my hon. Friend envisage regional TSA offices?

Mr. Chichester-Clark

The plan is that the head office should be located for the time being in London. There will be seven regional offices and it is likely that up to 20 district offices will be set up during 1974 in the larger conurbations.

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