§ Mr. Moss
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the letter and enclosure sent to him by the hon. Member for Meriden, which refer to the action taken in Portsmouth to mitigate the problems arising from increasing numbers of school-leavers entering the labour market and which recommend that such action, involving modification of apprenticeship schemes, should be adopted more widely; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Carr
I have considered the hon. Member's communication. While I welcome the interest shown in increasing the number of training opportunities, I feel that the question of the contribution to be made by the individual firm to the training of apprentices, like other problems in this field calls essentially for industrial leadership and for action by each industry individually.