HC Deb 22 May 1975 vol 892 cc547-8W
Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what is the present number of registered apprentices employed in the horse racing industry and in what training areas; what are the terms and conditions of employment and indentures; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what provision is made for further education day release and other training for apprentices in the horse racing industry; how many apprentices at racing stables eventually become jockeys; what percentage of the yearly indentured apprentices this represents over the past 20 years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Harold Walker

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of indentured apprenticeships in horse racing is currently 628. There are no standard terms and conditions of service for apprentices and the provision for further education and day release is a matter for individual trainers. But the Joint Racing Board has established an apprentice training course at the National Equestrian Centre at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The commission regrets that the remaining information requested is not readily available.

Mr. McNamara

asked the Secreary of State for Employment whether he will refer to the Commission on Health and Safety the working conditions of apprentices and stable lads in the British racing industry, particularly sleeping accommodation, refreshment and other facilities at racecourses.

Mr. Booth

I am informed by the Chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the British racing industry is one of the many new activities now covered by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act but outside the scope of previous health and safety legislation. Working conditions in the numerous new activities are being considered but the limited resources of the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities make it necessary to distinguish priorities. The Chief Inspector of Factories is aware of this Question and will bear the case of the stable lads and apprentices in mind, but also has to consider activities where the health and safety of employees is at immediate risk.