HC Deb 01 February 1982 vol 17 cc56-7W
Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Employment pursuant to his intervention of 27 January, Official Report, c. 966, which of the industrial training boards are not at present carrying out training; and if he will pay official visits to all the industrial training boards.

Mr. Peter Morrison

The activities of industrial training boards have been directed mainly towards encouraging companies to train for themselves. Most boards carry out some training, by organising courses or in their own training centres, though this represents only a small part of their activities and is a tiny proportion of industry's total training effort.

In many sectors there are now substantial resources of training expertise in companies and voluntary training groups and we are satisfied that effective voluntary arrangements will provide a less costly and less bureaucratic means of promoting training.

My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to visit industrial training boards, but we have regular contacts with boards and other bodies interested in training.