HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c137W
Mr. Craigen

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what changes he has in mind in the foreseeable future in the provision of courses and places at skill-centres in Scotland.

Mr. Alexander Fletcher

A review of skillcentre provision is being made by the Manpower Services Commission, in which Dumbarton skillcentre (133 available places), Port Glasgow skillcentre (99 available places) and Hillington Annexe (98 available places) have been identified as candidates for possible closure, but no decisions have yet been taken. A new skillcentre at Rutherglen is planned which will provide nearly 200 places, including 76 transferred from Hillington skillcentre; and about 100 extra places should be available in the coming year as a result of class changes. There are no plans to reduce the available range of courses.