HC Deb 06 February 1939 vol 343 cc660-1W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Minister of Labour how many men have taken advantage of the various reconditioning centres during the last 12 months; how many of these centres are in operation; and whether any new centres are to be opened in the Special Areas in order to enable young men on unemployment relief to fit themselves, if they so wish, to join the services after qualifying for the necessary medical and physical standards?

Mr. E. Brown

During the year ended 31st December, 1938, 26,352 men were admitted to training at Ministry of Labour instructional centres, summer camps and local training centres. There were in operation 25 instructional centres, 10 summer camps during the summer, and four local training centres. A fifth local training centre has recently been opened. The local training centres are all situated in Special Areas. It is proposed to open a new local centre at Carfin in the Scottish Special Area. The object of all these centres is to help men, particularly men in the Special Areas and other areas of heavy unemployment, to fit themselves for employment.