Building Industry (Trainees)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Minister of Labour in how many cases Government trainees in the building industry have been obliged to transfer to other industries on account of changes in the building programme.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

None, Sir; the industry will be able to absorb all those already admitted to training and further admissions have been almost entirely suspended. There are at the moment some 2,700 cases in which the 14 months training with an employer, after leaving the centres, is interrupted, but it is not possible to say in how many of these cases this is due to changes in the building programme. These men are being put back in industry as quickly as possible where they can complete their training unless they elect to seek their careers in other industries.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

Does the Minister recollect the case I brought to his notice, where he said that certain men had been moved from the building industry to another industry because of changes in the.building programme; and will he say how many cases there are of that kind?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I could not say how many cases there are. I do not recall the particular case to which the hon. Gentleman refers. Most of these transfers will be due to changes in the building programme. If there is not so much building work going on, the men are not able to find a suitable trade.