§ Mr. Sharp
asked the Minister of Ladour details of the training centres now operated by his Department in the West Riding of Yorkshire, giving the capacity and main types of training available at each centre; how many ex-Servicemen have already been trained; how many are awaiting such training; and whether, and how, he proposes extending the existing facilities.
§ Mr. Isaacs
Six Government training centres are now in operation in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The present capacity and main types of training available at each Centre are as follow:
Centre. Places. Trades. Leeds 780 Building Trades, Civil Engineering Maintenance Fitters, Draughtsmen, Electricians, Hair-dressers, Motor Mechanics, Tailors, Type-writer Mechanics, Watch and Clock Repairers, Welders Maltby 204 Building Trades. Pontefract 496 Building Trades, Civil Engineering Maintenance Fitters and Black-smiths, Agricultural Fitters and Blacksmiths, Boot and Shoe Repairers, Radio Mechanics Rotherham 328 Building Trades. Sherburn in Elmet. 420 Building Trades and Pipe Jointers. Thorp Arch 596 Building Trades, Pipe Jointers and Timber-men.
1,646 ex-Servicemen have already been trained at these Centres and 712 ex-Servicemen in the West Riding have been accepted and are awaiting allocation to training. The training facilities provided at these Centres must have regard to future employment prospects in the respective occupations and are at present adequate to meet the needs of industry.160W
They will, however, be adjusted as necessary in consultation with the industries concerned. In addition to the Government training centres there are, in the West Riding, coalmining training centres at Birley and Askern with 32o and 340 places respectively and a mines mechanisation training centre at Sheffield with 362 places.