§ 19. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action he is taking to encourage the Manpower Services Commission to train young people in old skills such as stone-masonry, dry stone-dyke wall building, cobbling stone work, lead-roof repair, thatching and other skills relevant to the preservation of Great Britain's heritage.
§ Mr. Jim Lester
Determining training needs and taking the action required to meet them are the responsibilities of the appropriate industry which may, however, seek advice and assistance from the Manpower Services Commission. I understand that the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas operates new entrant training schemes in some crafts to help master-craftsmen with the cost of employing a trainee. Thatching is one of these crafts.