HC Deb 21 May 1953 vol 515 c171W
Mr. Barber

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that British Bemberg Limited have announced that they are proposing to go into voluntary liquidation; and that, as a result, some 750 employees will become unemployed; and what steps he is taking to ensure their reabsorption into industry in the Doncaster area.

Mr. Watkinson

Yes. I understand that some 980 workers will eventually be discharged. Officers of my Department will interview these workers before they become unemployed in order to find out

1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Per cent. Per cent.
(1) University Graduates (a) ½ ½ ½ 1
(2) Graduates of Military Colleges (b) 71½ 74 71 77 68½
(3) Direct from the ranks (c) 17 18½ 20½ 16½ 24½
(4) Others (d) 11 7 8 5 6
(a) These are direct entrants under the University Entry Scheme. The other categories, in particular (2) and (4), contain others who hold university degrees.
(b) These are entrants to R.M.A., Sandhurst, both from schools and by selection from the ranks, and officers granted Regular commissions after holding National Service, Short Service or Emergency Commissions who have been trained at Officer Cadet Schools or Training Units.
(c) These are officers granted Regular commissions direct from the ranks and officers granted Short Service Commissions direct from the ranks, which have later been converted to Regular commissions. The percentages for this category are, of course, not the total of those who have had other rank service as all officers since the war, except those entering the professional Arms, have had to do at least 10 weeks' basic training in the ranks before being commissioned and many have done considerably more.
(d) This includes former officers and civilians granted Regular commissions direct: many of these entering the professional Arms are university graduates.