HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc161-2W
130. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that apprentices in the building industry in North Staffordshire now find it almost impossible, after their training is completed, to find employment as craftsmen; and what advice he proposes to give the local education committee in Stoke-on-Trent on the advisability of continuing this apprenticeship training scheme.

Mr. Carr

Building trade apprentices are normally liable for National Service on completion of their training, and have the right to subsequent reinstatement. I am, however, aware that there is at present unemployment among building craftsmen in North Staffordshire. As regards the second part of the Question, the responsibility for the operation of the apprenticeship scheme rests with the building industry itself and it would not be appropriate for me to give advice about it to the local education authority.