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Juveniles (Training)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Labour how many boys or girls between the ages of 14 and 18 registered as unemployed are receiving any daily training in any trade or profession; whether he has received any representations from juvenile advisory committees as to the need for such training; and whether the Ministry of Labour is giving consideration to the problem of training the nation's workers in view of the abnormal state of unemployment?

There is no State scheme for training unemployed boys and girls as new entrants into particular trades, and I need not detail to my hon. Friend the difficulties and objections which would beset any such scheme in view of the present state of unemployment in practically all trades. We have not received any representations from Juvenile Employment Committees in favour of a State scheme of industrial training.