HC Deb 01 May 1990 vol 171 c488W
Mr. Trotter

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in furthering training for the Merchant Navy under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act; to what extent financial assistance has been made available for such training; and to what extent available finance has not been taken up.

Mr. McLoughlin

Since the launch in November 1988, 773 new recruits have joined the Government assistance for training scheme. Up to £2.5 million was made available during the first year and £3.5 million has been earmarked for the scheme in a full year. The actual spend during the first year was £900,000 and the spend last year was £1.6 million. Expenditure levels are expected to rise as more trainees come into the scheme.