§ 54. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Minister of Labour to what extent there is a shortage of carpenters and joiners in the West of Scotland; and what steps he is taking to recruit more for essential industry.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
At the March count in this area there were 253 notified vacancies for carpenters and joiners as against 71 unemployed. At the present time 202 of the vacancies in the West of Scotland are in circulation to neighbouring offices and 26 throughout the whole of Scotland. The training places in these trades at the Government Training Centres in this area are being increased from 144 to 192. Training within the industry is being encouraged by the Construction Industry Training Board (set up under the Industrial Training Act 1964.)