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Catering Trades (Park Royal Training Centre).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government training centre at Park Royal is receiving from South Wales and Durham a number of unemployed would-be trainees for the catering trades adequate to the accommodation at Park Royal; and, if not, will be arrange for local authorities in the distressed areas to send to Park Royal an increased number of suitable persons to be trained to fill the numerous vacancies on the staffs of hotels and restaurants in London and the South of England?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

There has been for some months a shortage of candidates for the waiters' training class at the Park Royal Training Centre, but as a result of special steps to bring the facilities to the notice of suitable unemployed men the number of applications has increased during the past few weeks. In selecting men for this course preference is given to those coming from the depressed areas, including South Wales and Durham; recruitment is effected through the Employment Exchanges. There are still a few vacancies in the class in addition to those which will continue to arise as men pass into employment on the completion of the course.

Photo of Mr John Banfield Mr John Banfield , Wednesbury

Will the right hon. Gentleman really give some attention to the question of setting up a trade board for this particular industry?

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

Will my right hon. Friend let it be known that hon. Gentlemen opposite, by creating a grievance, prevent unemployed men from getting employment?

Photo of Mr William Lunn Mr William Lunn , Rothwell

Will the right hon. Gentleman supply to Members of this House the conditions of training at this centre?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will be only too happy to do so. This is one of the successful parts of the Ministry's work.