Boys (Apprenticeship).

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has now any further statement to make relative to the question of the employment of youths in coalmining, particularly with regard to a scheme of apprenticeship to that industry?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

The problem of ensuring a sufficient number of boys and youths for mining employment, including the question of apprenticeship, is now under consideration by an independent committee under the chairmanship of Sir John Forster. I am unable to make any further statement pending the report of the committee.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Does not the Minister agree that, in view of the fuel situation, this matter is very urgent?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

It is receiving urgent consideration now. There are daily meetings on the subject.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

When is the committee likely to report?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I cannot say, but it will be soon.

Mr. J. J. Davidson:

Is the Minister considering making a recruiting appeal to the public schools and universities of this country?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

I have not considered it.