Hotel and Catering Industry (Training Board)

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Productivity – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4 December 1969.

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Mr. Fred Evans:

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity whether she will introduce legislation to amend the Industrial Training Act in order to enable the Industrial Training Board for the Hotel and Catering Industry to extend its scope, in view of the limitations placed on it by a recent decision of the House of Lords.

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

Yes. I shall take the first opportunity of introducing an amending Bill for this purpose.

Mr. Evans:

Is my hon. Friend aware of the keen sense of injustice felt by many employees, not least those in local authority employment, as a result of being denied the opportunity of proper training? Will he, whenever a weakness is revealed in the Act—as a result of an appeal court decision—which has enabled certain employers to deny their employees the opportunities of training, take immediate steps to close such loopholes?

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

As I said to my hon. Friend, it is our hope to introduce legislation on this as soon as we can.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

Can the hon. Gentleman enlighten us further as to what he means by "as soon as we can"? Can he confirm that it will definitely be in this Session of Parliament, because I think that the House would think that anything later would be disgraceful?

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

I cannot give the right hon. Gentleman a definite date, but I hope that it will be in this Session of Parliament. I cannot guarantee that.