HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 cc409-10W
Mrs. Ewing

asked the Minister of Labour after the newest industrial training boards have been taken into account what percentage of population undergoes training in Scotland, Wales and England, respectively.

Mr. Hattersley:

Information in the form requested by the hon. Member is not available, but I estimate that by the end of this year about 85 per cent. of the employees in both England and Scotland and about 80 per cent. of those in Wales within scope of the Industrial Training Act will be covered by industrial training boards.

Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Minister of Labour what steps he will take to increase industrial training and retraining facilities in North Warwickshire, in view of the proposed closure of Arley and Kingsbury collieries.

Mr. Hattersley:

Redundant miners at these two colleries who want and are suitable for the accelerated training for skill given at Government Training Centres can obtain it at the Birmingham and Coventry Centres, which are within daily travelling distance, or at any of the remaining 36 Centres if they are prepared to live away from home during training. As my right hon. Friend announced in the House on 6th February, we plan to open 17 more Centres including one in the Wolverhampton area, by the end of 1970.