HC Deb 27 January 1964 vol 688 c6W
Mr. Small

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the decline in the number of apprenticeships being entered into by boys in Scotland; and what plans he has to arrest this decline.

Mr. Whitelaw

Fewer boys obtained apprenticeships in 1963 than in the record year 1962, though the proportion of boys doing so was considerably higher in Scotland than in England and Wales. The combined effect of the Government's programme for promoting industrial development in Scotland and the enactment of the Industrial Training Bill should be to increase training opportunities of all kinds.