§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware that owing to the new arrangements brought about by the Education Bill, a number of pupils who would be taking building trade courses are now prevented from so doing due to lack of accommodation and facilities; and what is being done to remedy this handicap.
§ Miss Wilkinson
I am not aware that any developments under the Education Act, 1944, have had the effect suggested by the hon. Member. I understand, however, that the recent extension of the 255W system of apprenticeship in the building industry has caused a sudden increase in the demand for educational facilities for building trade apprentices, which, in present circumstances, it is not everywhere possible to meet immediately. Some time lag is inevitable while premises are being provided and staff assembled, but I am confident that local education authorities are doing all that is possible