HC Deb 13 November 1967 vol 754 cc8-9W
67. Mr. Kenneth Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour what progress he has made in his talks with trade unions on the acceptance of workers who have been retrained as tradesmen in their new skills suitable for employment.

Mr. Gunter

As I have previously stated in the House I have the co-operation at national level of all the unions concerned in the acceptance of men trained at Government Training Centres. The long-standing difficulties with some trades in the Manchester area, on Tyne side and in Scotland still remain, and there are sometimes temporary problems in other areas. I have recently initiated talks with the C.B.I., T.U.C., and Nationalised Industries which I hope may assist to secure wider acceptance of adult trainees, both those trained in industry by upgrading and those trained in G.T.Cs.