HC Deb 10 May 1948 vol 450 c178W
Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action is being taken, following on the Report of the Dalgleish Commission to inquire into the advancement of Africans in industry in Northern Rhodesia; in particular, for what posts, suggested as suitable for Africans, technical training will be provided in the first instance; what technical training facilities already exist in Northern Rhodesia; how many Africans are benefiting from these; and for what jobs are they being trained.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The recommendations of the Dalgleish Commission are at present under consideration by the Government of Northern Rhodesia and I am not yet able to say therefore what action will be taken to implement them, or what additional facilities for technical training will be provided. At present, technical training in building work, carpentry and metal work is provided by a three-year industrial course at Munali Training Centre, near Lusaka, for 71 pupils. On completion of this course the pupils may be employed as artisans by Government, missions or privately or may take an instructor's course at Munali in the same subjects. At present 15 pupils are taking the further course and will go as instructors to Government and mission institutions. There is also a six months' course at Munali designed for self-employed men in rural areas, while 24 ex-Askari are taking in either building work, carpentry, tailoring or tanning and leather work; also a two years' course at Lukashya Training Centre, near Kasama, in building work and carpentry for 50 ex-Askari which is designed to produce artisans for Government and private employment.