HC Deb 22 July 1937 vol 326 cc2441-2W
Mr. Acland

asked the Minister of Labour how many agreements with local authorities have been entered into by the Unemployment Assistance Board with a view to the employment of persons as a continuance of their training under Section 37 (b) of the Unemployment Act, 1934; and how many persons have benefited by such agreements?

Mr. E. Brown

No arrangements under Section 37(b) of the Unemployment Act, 1934, have so far been entered into by the Board.

Mr. W. Roberts

asked the Minister of Labour what steps have been taken to continue the work formerly carried out by the training centres organised by the public assistance committees and which ceased to function on the Second Appointed Day?

Mr. E. Brown

Applicants for Unemployment Assistance are eligible for training at the courses organised by my Department and in these circumstances the board has not, since the Second Appointed Day, found it necessary to supplement these courses by taking any special steps to maintain the training centres previously carried on by local authorities. It is, of course, for the Local Authority concerned to decide whether to continue their facilities for such of the able-bodied persons as still remain within their responsibility.