§ 15. Mr. Hamling
asked the Minister of Technology what discussions he has had with leaders of the engineering industry on implementing those parts of the Plan for Engineering for which his Department is responsible.
§ Mr. Hamling
I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment. Is he aware that the trade unions in the engineering industry are most anxious to give every assistance they can towards implementing the National Plan and making the engineering industry much more efficient than it has ever been?
§ Mr. David Price
May I take it that the right hon. Gentleman will from time to time publish a revision of the National Plan? I think he will agree that a five-year plan ought to be revised after the second or third year when it is clear that it has not been fulfilled in its earlier years, so that the objectives are at least realistic?
§ Sir Harmar Nicholls
Will the right hon. Gentleman pay special attention to apprenticeship schemes? It looks as though the apprenticeship period should be reduced from five years to three in many cases.