HC Deb 10 February 1970 vol 795 cc1168-9

Queen's Recommendation having been signified

Motion made, and Question proposed, That, for the purposes of any Act of the present Session to amend the Industrial Training Act 1964 it is expedient to authorise any increase in the sums payable under section 5 of that Act out of moneys provided by Parliament which is attributable to the extension of the activities in relation to which functions may be exercisable by industrial training boards established under the Act of 1964.—[Mr. Dell.]

7.58 p.m.

Mr. Dudley Smith (Warwick and Leamington)

I do not want to delay the House, but the Bill says: For the financial year 1970–71 the increase is unlikely to exceed £20,000. Could an indication be given by the Government of what it is likely to be from then onwards?

The Minister of State, Department of Employment and Productivity (Mr. Edmund Dell)

I think additional expenditure as a result of the Bill is likely to be small in any year. Obviously, it would depend to a large extent on whether new industrial training boards were set up and had to receive grants from the D.E.P. to assist them in the first instance. We are very far short, even after six years, of the £50 million included in the original Act, and I do not see any large expenditure arising as a result of the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.