HC Deb 13 July 1915 vol 73 cc741-2W

asked the Minister of Munitions whether he is aware that many thousands of men enrolled as members of Volunteer Training Corps, after drilling for many months, are anxious that their services should be utilised, if not in some form of military service then in the manufacture of munitions or other work; and whether his Department knows of any work available for men in the neighbourhood of large towns and for men living and working in country districts?


The urgent need at the moment is for men specially skilled in the trades required for the production of munitions of war, particularly the engineering and shipbuilding trades. Men possessing skill in such trades would do well to enrol themselves as war munition volunteers. In co-operation with the Board of Education, we are proposing arrangements which we hope will receive the cordial support of the local education authorities, whereby certain technical colleges will provide short courses of training for suitable unskilled workers so as [to enable them to be of greater use in the making of munitions of war.