Orders of the Day — Employment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1977.

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I turn to the comments on technician training, on page 33, in paragraph 4.35. In this section the report states that high priority is being given to developing technician training, particularly where it is linked with the requirements of industrial strategy. My question on that is: are the Government satisfied that the Manpower Services Commission can find a sufficient number of instructors to carry out this programme, which they rightly say will be needed by industry if the industrial strategy is to be successful? The report states that 1,400 people completed technician training courses under TOPS in 1976. If we are to exceed that figure—it is hinted that we ought to do that—the question is whether a sufficient number of instructors can be found.