§ Mr. Gordon Wilson
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what involvement the Engineering, Construction and Petroleum Training Boards have in offshore oil platform fabrication activity; what percentage of their staff is wholly or partially engaged in such operations; and what proportion of that staff is resident in Scotland.
§ Mr. Harold Walker
, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 12th February 1975; Vol. 886, cols. 149–150] gave the following information:
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the Engineering Industry Training Board provides training advice and assistance to the production platform and module manufacturers in Scotland. A senior training officer and three supporting training staff specialise in this work in Scotland; they represent about 17 per cent. of the board's staff operating in Scotland, and all are resident there. The construction of concrete platforms has barely got under way but the Construction ITB has given urgent 79W consideration to determining the manpower and training needs in West Scotland. Up to now the involvement of the board's Scottish staff has not been substantial. The Petroleum ITB is not involved in platform fabrication and employs no staff on that activity.