Government Training Centres

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

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Photo of Mr Will Howie Mr Will Howie , Luton 12:00, 4 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what proposal she has to extend the range of skills and crafts taught in Government training centres.

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

Industry's needs are kept under constant review and new trades are introduced and existing ones modernised. In addition, the courses are being modified as necessary to meet the individual needs of employers nominating their workers for sponsored training.

Photo of Mr Will Howie Mr Will Howie , Luton

Am I to suppose that the range of skills and crafts taught is now much wider than it was two or three years ago? Does my hon. Friend believe that the provision of training places in Government centres is yet sufficient to meet the demand?

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

The range of courses available is now much wider than it was two or three years ago. We are continuing to extend it as necessary. There are two main forms of training available, of which the most important and the one covering the largest number of people is training in industry. The Government training centres are intended to provide skilled training for very much more limited numbers of people. We are getting to the point at which we are meeting the demand, but if demand increases we will take note of that fact and try further to meet it.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Scott Mr Nicholas Scott , Paddington South

Will the hon. Gentleman say whether the Government training centres are still meeting any resistance from unions to so-called dilutees being turned out from the Government training centres?

Photo of Mr Edmund Dell Mr Edmund Dell , Birkenhead

There are in most areas agreements with the trade unions. There are still occasional difficulties, but over the country as a whole this is not a major problem.