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Offshore Drilling Technology Centre

Volume 885: debated on Monday 27 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what share of expenditure involved in running the drilling school will be met, respectively, by the Government, drilling contractors, the oil companies and the trainees.

I have been asked to reply.I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the fees to be charged for training courses at the Drilling Technology Centre have not yet been decided, but the intention is to make the centre self-supporting from course fees. During the initial period of build-up to full occupancy there may be a shortfall in receipts to cover running costs, and the MSC has agreed that the Training Services Agency may fund any such shortfall but not more than 50 per cent. of the running cost and within a maximum of £42,000 in the financial year 1975–76.