HC Deb 17 October 1946 vol 427 c236W
60. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Labour what facilities are available in rural areas for training ex-Servicemen and others in the trades of thatching, shoeing smith and dry-stone ditching.

Mr. Isaacs

Arrangements for training blacksmith-farrier fitters have already been agreed with the industrial interests concerned and 47 men are at present being trained under the scheme. A scheme for the training of thatchers is under discussion with the various Departments concerned and the Rural Industries Bureau and will, I hope, shortly be agreed. No scheme has so far been arranged for dry-stone dyking, but I am making inquiries into the position in this occupation.