§ Mr. Aitken
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what facilities are available for training and retraining in the Thanet area; what numbers can be accommodated; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that within the Thanet area on 28th April 1975 19 people were receiving training in colleges of further education under the Training Opportunities Scheme (TOPS). Facilities for training under TOPS are flexible. TOPS trainees can be placed in any skillcentre, college of further education or employers' establishment to meet individual training requirements. In addition trainees can be provided with lodgings to enter training beyond daily travelling distance. A lodging allowance is paid in such cases.