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Hong Kong

Volume 889: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will report on the first full year of operation of the Hong Kong training council.

The colony's industrial training machinery has already been substantially improved. Work is well advanced on a draft Apprenticeship Bill and other appropriate measures. The council's first report is now being drafted and I shall send a copy to the hon. Member in due course.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Institute for Social Work Training in Hong Kong.

The institute was founded in 1973. It offers a two-year full-time course of practical and academic training in social work. Fifty students were enrolled in the first course in September 1973 and 75 in the second beginning in September 1974.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to improve industrial safety in Hong Kong.

Industrial and occupational safety is being dealt with comprehensively by safety training and education, up-to-date legislation, inspection and, where necessary, prosecution. The Factory Inspectorate is supported by an adviser seconded from Her Majesty's Factory Inspectorate.