This matter is receiving attention from the Industrial Training Council and is constantly reviewed by the Government, together with other problems of the new towns. In the new towns, the bulge of school leavers will come later than for the country generally, and should create no serious difficulty before 1964.
It is quite true that the bulge may come later, but it is likely to be much larger in the new towns because of their low age composition. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the present rate of activity of the Industrial Training Council does not give much confidence that it will be able to deal with this problem? Does not he agree that the position is now made more difficult by the ending of Blue Streak and similar defence expenditure? This is a matter to which he should give particular attention.
Not only the Industrial Training Council but the new towns corporations and my Department are fully aware of the difficulties and are giving close and particular attention to them.