HC Deb 18 May 1972 vol 837 cc193-4W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many industrial training boards there are in Northern Ireland; what was the estimated total income for each board in 1970–71 and in 1971–72; how much each spent on training and how much on administration; how many persons were assisted by training schemes; and what were the names of the firms which took part, in these years.

Mr. David Howell

There are nine industrial training boards in Northern Ireland, and the estimated income for each board is as follows:

I.T. Board 1970–71 1971–72
£ £
Construction 759,000 676,000
Engineering 1,120,000 1,010,000
Catering 62,000 87,000
Textiles 87,000 101,000
Road transport 341,000 376,000
Man-made fibres 2,884 6,500
Clothing and footwear 227,000 205,000
Food and drink 208,000 278,000
Distributive 108.000 105,000

The following amounts were spent or are estimated to have been spent on training and administration in the year 1970–71:

I.T. Board 1970–71
Training Administration
£ £
Construction 639,000 37,000
Engineering 1,048,000 22,000
Catering 34,000 15,000
Textiles 89,000 8,000
Road transport 347,000 22,000
Man-made fibres 2,000 2,000
Clothing and footwear. 177,000 12,000
Food and drink 171,000 12,000
Distributive 73,000 16,000
The annual accounts for 1971–72 are not yet available

Since the training grants schemes of boards are often related to total training activity in the firm rather than to individual courses, it is not possible to provide a figure for the numbers of persons assisted by training schemes.

My right hon. Friend regrets that it is not practicable to provide the names of the 2,876 firms taking part in the training schemes of the seven boards in full operation during 1970–71. The figures for 1971–72, when available, are likely to be higher.

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