§ Mr. Baldry
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what conclusions the Manpower Services Commission came to when it recently examined skills-training provisions in the area of Dumbarton.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
An independent study of training needs in the Dumbarton skillcentre catchment area, commissioned by the Manpower Services Commission, was carried out in October 1983 as a contribution to a review of the role of the skillcentre. The study concluded that, at that time, demand from local employers for the skills provided by the skillcentre was likely to remain limited and the alternative training capacity in the area was likely to be capable of meeting anticipated future requirements. The future of the skillcentre will be decided in the light of the present wider review of the skillcentre network as a whole, the outcome of which the commission expects to consider in the autumn.