asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make proposals for decentralising the functions and activities of each of the Construction, Engineering and Distribution Boards; and whether he will carry out a review of these boards in Scotland.
No. I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that the Engineering, Construction and Distribution Industrial Training Boards already have a regional structure which identifies Scotland as a separate area. The Engineering and Construction ITBs have a Scottish officer in Glasgow and the Distribution ITB has one in Stirling. Each board has a senior officer and field staff based on that office to look after the training needs of their employers in Scotland. Moreover, Scottish interests are appropriately represented on the boards themselves and their committees.