HC Deb 25 February 1919 vol 112 cc1609-10W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in order to meet the needs of the teachers who will be required for the new continuation schools for whom training in social studies is regarded as essential, he will take into consideration the means of further promoting the study of industrial history, in particular by assisting the foundation of additional chairs and readerships in this subject in the various universities?


I realise that additional assistance is required by the universities for the proper discharge of their work, and I am considering what steps can be taken for this purpose. I do not, however, think that it would in general be advisable that the funds which are put by the State at the disposal of universities should be ear-marked to be applied to the study of industrial history or of any other specific subject.


asked the President of the Board of Education what number of training centres have been opened for young persons who have registered as unemployed at the Employment Exchanges and the names of the local authorities which have opened them, and what number of young persons are now in attendance at such centres?


According to the latest information at my disposal, the number of such centres in England and Wales at present is ninety, and the number of young persons in attendance at them about 17,200. I will send the hon. Member a list giving the names of the local education authorities in whose areas these centres have been opened.