Ex-Service Men (Training)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury 12:00 am, 12th July 1949

asked the Minister of Labour what arrangements are being made to help those who entered into Regular engagements to train, after their time in the Services, for the professions and business.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

A scheme was recently started to provide training for those who wish to enter business. Full particulars are given in a leaflet (P.L. 309) a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member. There are no similar arrangements for training for the professions.

Photo of Mr Anthony Hurd Mr Anthony Hurd , Newbury

In view of the statements which the Minister of Defence has made about the desirability of providing training for civilian life for ex-Regulars, would not the Minister of Labour expand his scheme to cover the professions as well as business?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

We have examined that, but the point is that ex-Regular officers who leave after long service have usually reached an age when it is not easy for them to undertake a long course such as is required for the professions. We have not turned down the idea completely. We have been examining it in regard to younger men who leave after less extended service, and, as I say, we have not abandoned it as impracticable. We wish to see whether something can be done.