§ Mr. STOREY
asked the President of the Board of Education what action has been taken by local education authorities, in response to the circular issued by the Board of Education on 2nd July, 1935, urging that steps should be taken to meet a threatened shortage of skilled shipyard workers by providing and maintaining facilities for instruction in shipbuilding and naval architecture?
The communication to which the hon. Member refers was sent to certain Tyneside local education authorities only. The board drew the attention of these authorities to the diminution which has recently taken place in the facilities for technical education in shipbuilding and naval architecture on Tyneside, and suggested that they should confer together on the subject. The authorities concerned held a meeting in Newcastle in September last and a committee was appointed representative of the authorities, the shipbuilding industry and Armstrong College. This committee is now investigating the position.