§ 50. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Minister of Labour what progress is being made in his discussions with the building and engineering industries regarding a reduction in the total period of apprenticeship and allowance for 153W period of full-time further education to count against the period of apprenticeship.
§ Mr. Hare
The National Joint Council for the building industry has agreed in principle to a reduction to four years, and the reduction has now been introduced in three regions while a fourth has applied to the Council for agreement to introduce it. Up to two years can be allowed against the apprenticeship period for those who have completed appropriate courses of technical education. The engineering industry has not yet completed its consideration of a shortening of the period of apprenticeship, but I am hoping to hear from them before too long.