HC Deb 11 December 1967 vol 756 cc18-9W
Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state for each region and for Great Britain, respectively, the number of vacancies remaining unfilled at the latest convenient date for every 100 persons wholly unemployed; and what were the comparable figures for 1951, 1963 and 1964.

Mr. Fernyhough:

Following is the information:

Friend, the Minister of Public Building and Works, to negotiate for it. I expect the centre to open by the end of 1969.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Minister of Labour why 14 per cent. of trainees at Government Training Centres in Scotland in the year ended 11th September 1967 did not find employment in the trade for which they were trained; and what action he is taking to ensure employment opportunities for all who are trained.

Mr. Hattersley:

The hon. Members' assumption is incorrect. Of the 14 per cent. of trainees who did not get suitable jobs immediately at the end of their courses, a substantial proportion were later placed or found employment themselves in their training trades. My local officers are continuing their efforts to help the remainder The main difficulty is that many of them are unable or unwilling to move to areas within Scotland in which jobs in their trades are available.

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he is taking to increase the number of training centres in Scotland, in view of the long waiting list for entrants.

Mr. Hatterley

The number of Government Training Centres in Scotland has been increased from four in 1964 to eight at the present time. A ninth Centre is planned to open at Bellshill in North Lanarkshire in the summer of 1968. We are, however, considering the need for further Government Training Centres and shall not overlook the claims of Scotland.