HC Deb 01 March 1966 vol 725 cc279-80W
Mr. Jackson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the functions of his Department in connection with the Athlone Fellowship Scheme; what were the progressive totals of Fellows who had completed their training and returned to Canada by the end of the financial year from 1959–60 to the latest available total; what was the gross amount paid by his Department in maintenance allowances to Fellows during periods of industrial training in each of the same years; what was the total financial contribution from British industry to his Department in respect of the Fellows in each of the same years; and what was the net cost to public funds of the whole scheme in each of the same years.

Mr. Darling

The Board of Trade finances and administers the scheme.

Member. A table containing this information is set out below.

The information asked for is given in the following table:

Year Total number of Fellows who had returned to Canada by end of year Amount of maintenance paid to Fellows during industrial training Receipts from industry Net cost of Scheme to public funds
£ £ £
1959–60 230 11,742 7,990 44,238
1960–61 268 8,054 7,503 54,239
1961–62 308 9,888 6,579 58,493
1962–63 346 9,270 10,361 54,693
1963–64 384 7,416 10,527 56,064
1964–65 422 9,270 8,851 60,219