§ 23. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what facilities are available for training for the building industry in the North-East; and what new facilities are proposed.
§ Mr. Chichester-Clark
In the building industry as in others the main responsibility for training rests with the industry itself. The intake of apprentices in the Department's Northern Region in 1972 was 2,094. Some fall off may be expected this year with the raising of the school leaving age. The Government Training Opportunities Scheme at present provides 497 places in building trades in the North-East compared with 367 at the end of 1972. By mid-1974 a further 71 are planned.