§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what were the number of building industry apprentices trained by local authorities and private builders, respectively, in the years 1977, 509W 1978 and 1979; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the number of building industry apprentices employed by local authorities and private builders under training in the years 1977, 1978 and 1979 were as follows:
1977 1978 1979 Local authorities 8,407 8,538* 9,085* Private sector builders 37,000 28,500 30,500* *Estimated.
My colleagues and I will shortly be studying recommendations for future training arrangements arising from the recent review of the Employment and Training Act 1973 and deciding what changes are needed for the future.