Higher Appointments Bureaus

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1948.

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Photo of Mr John Haire Mr John Haire , Wycombe 12:00 am, 20th January 1948

asked the Minister of Labour if he is satisfied that his higher appointments bureaux continue to fulfil a useful function; and if he will give relevant figures for the past year.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Yes, Sir. I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate the relevant figures for the past year in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr John Haire Mr John Haire , Wycombe

Would not my right hon. Friend agree that perhaps these bureaux are now overstaffed in view of the appointments offered by them, or, alternatively, would he not encourage employers to make more use of them?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I do not agree that they are overstaffed. As for the second part of my hon. Friend's supplementary question, I would be glad if we could get more employers to make more use of them.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

Will the right hon. Gentleman include the relevant figures so far as persons from India and Burma are concerned? How many of them have been placed?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

If the hon. Member will give me notice, I will see what I can do to answer his question, but they are not in the figures which I have prepared for the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the figures:

1. Technical and Scientific Register
Enrolments6,719
Vacancies notified8,595
Vacancies filled2,808
Graduates allocated2,775
2. Appointments Register
New and revived registrations72,905
Vacancies notified30,811
Registrants placed13,765
3. Further Education and Training Scheme
Applications received58,001
Awards made48,030
4. Business Training
Applications received7,385
Students completed General Course4,183
Further courses arranged with firms2,620

In addition a considerable volume of work was done by way of resettlement advice to ex-Service personnel and advice to persons seeking careers of a professional nature. Special attention was devoted to the training and placing of disabled persons.