HC Deb 26 November 1953 vol 521 cc66-7W
59. Mrs. White

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how far industrial craft training in Borstal institutions and approved schools is accepted as a qualification by the industries and trades unions concerned.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Arrangements have been made with the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council whereby the time spent by boys selected as suitable on a building trade course recognised by the council in an approved school counts as part of the period of their apprenticeship in the building industry after their release. The Prison Commissioners have under consideration a report by this council on the recognition of craft training in Borstal Institutions for entry into the building industry. Inquiries are being made about the possibility of similar arrangements for certain other kinds of vocational training in approved schools and Borstal institutions.