HC Deb 23 July 1946 vol 425 cc314-5W
30. Mr. Garry Allighan

asked the Minister of Labour the number of men whose names have been accepted for training as plumbers since the training scheme commenced; and the numbers who have completed their training, are now in training and have not yet started training, respectively.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Of 4,130 men accepted for training as plumbers, 298 have already completed their course in a training centre, 945 are now in training and 2,887 await allocation.

Captain Chetwynd

asked the Minister of Labour if he will give particulars of courses of training available for disabled men in the Northern Region; if he is satisfied that these are adequate to meet the demand; and if he is contemplating establishing additional centres in this region.

Mr. Ness Edwards

In the Northern Region vocational training courses for which suitable disabled persons are eligible are available in the building trades (bricklaying, carpentry, painting, plastering, plumbing, slating and tiling and wood machining), bespoke tailoring, boot and shoe making, boot and shoe repairing, clerical and commercial work, electric welding, gardening, institutional domestic work, light and heavy leather work, shorthand typing and typewriter mechanics. Since the war ended centres have been opened in the Region at Aycliffe, North Tyne and Spennymoor in addition to that at Wallsend. A further centre is just coming into use at Felling-on-Tyne and a centre in West Cumberland is also proposed. The additional facilities provided are mainly for training in the building trades and I am satisfied that they are adequate for this purpose. In other trades, unfortunately the training so far has had to be limited in view of the number for whom employment is likely to be available on completion of training.

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