HC Deb 14 April 1976 vol 909 cc630-2W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether a committee for Scotland has been established by the Manpower Services Commission to achieve co-ordination of manpower skill requirements of industries involved in Scottish North Sea oil development and engineering construction; and, if so, if he will list its membership.

Mr. Harold Walker

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the Training Services Agency set up a committee in Scotland in July 1975 with the following terms of reference:

  1. (a) To keep under review, in the occupations requiring the skills used in the mechanical and electrical engineering construction industry or similar skills, the current and future critical manpower requirements in the area covered by the Committee;
  2. (b) To collect and disseminate information about local manpower problems concerning these skills and to make recommendations for action designed to meet these problems;
  3. (c) To keep the National Committee informed about the local position and to make known locally any relevant information and recommendations emanating from the National Committee;
  4. (d) To draw attention, as and when appropriate, to changing local needs, particularly with a view to timely redeployment of labour.

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Chairman: Dr. Ken Hall BSc.(Econ), PhD, C Eng, MIMechE, MIProdE, Director of Manpower Studies Research Unit, Heriot Watt University. Members representing employers:

  1. 1. Mr. R. C. Abrahams, Clyde Shipbuilders Association.
  2. 2. Mr. W. L. Armstrong, Scottish Engineering Employers Association.
  3. 3. Mr. R. Campbell, Scottish National Federation of Building Trade Employers.
  4. 4. Mr. N. Morris, Scottish Capital Projects Client Group.
  5. 5. Mr. W. Patterson, Oil and Chemical Plant Contractors Association.
  6. 6. Mr. R. N. Russell, Scottish East Coast Shipbuilders Association.
Members representing employees:
  1. 1. Mr. J. Brown, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Union—Plumbing Trades Union.
  2. 2. Mr. T. Gray, Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers.
  3. 3. Mr. J. McArtney, Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers.
  4. 4. Mr. R. MacDonald, Transport and General Workers Union.
  5. 5. Mr. D. C. MacGregor, Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.
Industrial Training Board Representatives:
  1. 1. Mr. D. Roy, Engineering ITB.
  2. 2. Mr. R. Morris, Engineering ITB.
  3. 3. Mr. J. McLinn, Construction ITB.
  4. 4. Mr. R. Griffith, Shipbuilding ITB.

Government Departments and Agencies represented:

Department of Employment.

Department of Energy (Offshore Supplies Office).

Industrial Training Boards.

Scottish Economic Planning Department.

Employment Service Agency.

Training Service Agency.

Secretary: Mr. D. H. Duff, Training Services Agency (Scotland).

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