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Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the number of (a) men and (b) women currently waiting to take part in a Training Services Agency course who have established their suitability for such training who have been waiting for allocation for under six months and between six to 12 months.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that on 27th March 1975 there were 24,476 suitable applicants awaiting allocation under the Training Opportunities Scheme: 12,908 were awaiting allocation to skill centres; 9,395 to colleges of further education; 1,962 to employers' establishments and 211 to residential training colleges for the disabled. It is not possible to identify the numbers of women on the waiting lists, but waiting lists are common for men and women as courses are equally available to both sexes. It is not possible without disproportionate cost to identify applicants who have been waiting allocation for under six months and between six to 12 months.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the present average time between establishing suitability to take part in a Training Service Agency training course and the allocation of a course place.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that because of the variety of courses and training institutes it is not possible to calculate an average time between accept-

TradesScotlandNorth EastNorth-WestMidlandsWales and WestSouth-EastLondon
Carpentry and JoineryAAABAAB
Heating and Ventilating FittingAAABAA
Pipe Fitting (PCI)A
Slating and TilingB
Street Masonry and PavingAAB
Woodcutting MachiningAAAAAA
Welding—Pipe CITBA
Engineering Production
Automatic Lathe SettingAAAAA
Boring Setting/MachiningAAAAA
Capstan Setting/OperatingAAAAAAA
Centre Lathe TurningAAAAAAA
Engineering—Blind Persons
Milling Setting/OperatingAAAAAAA
Precision GrindingAAAAAAA
Sheet Metal Working (MEC)AAAAAA
Sheet and Plate Metal Fab/WeldingAAAAA
Toolmaking Fitting and MachiningAAAAA
Welding—Electric Arc (Pipe)BABB
Welding—Electric Arc PlateBABABA
Engineering Servicing
Engineering InspectionAAA
Fitting—Jig and ToolAAA
Fitting—Machine Tool MaintenanceAAAAB
Fitting—Pneumatic and HydraulicAAAAB
Instrument Fitting and MachiningAAAAAA
Electrical Installation and Maintenance A (C and G)BBBBBB
Electrical Installation and Maintenance B (C and G)B
Electronic Wiring and Circuiting TestingAABBAAA
Fitting ElectricalAAAA
Instrument MaintenanceAAAABAB
NC Machine Electronic MaintenanceA
Radio, TV and Electronic ServicingBABBBBB
Television Field ServicingBAA
Industrial ElectronicsAAA
Plant and Automotive Trades
Agricultural Machine Repair/MaintenanceAAAB
Contractors' Plant Repair/MaintenanceAABABAA
Heavy Vehicle Repair and MaintenanceAAABBAA
Motor Vehicle—Body BuildingAA
Motor Vehicle—Body RepairAAAAAA
Motor Vehicle—Repair and MaintenanceAAAAAAA
Motor Vehicle—Spray PaintingAAAAAA
Motor Vehicle—Combined SP and BRBB

ance and allocation. Waiting periods for skillcentre courses vary between trades regions. Most engineering trades, for example, are available immediately suitability is established. Exceptions are pipe welding and electric arc welding in certain regions.

A summary of estimated allocation delays between acceptance and allocation to a skillcentre by trades and regions is as follows:






Wales and West



General Servicing

Air Conditioning and RefrigerationB
Sewing Machine Mechanic……AA
Typewriter Repair and MaintenanceABBBAA
Watch and Clock RepairAABA


Boat FittingAB
Commercial CookeryAABAAB
Furniture—Cabinet MakingA
Hairdressing (Men's)AAAAAAA
Scientific Glass BlowingA
Screen Process PrintingB
Sewing MachiningA
Store KeepingAAAAAAA

Limited Skills

Miscellaneous EngineeringAAAA

Kev: A = up to 6 months.

B = over 6 months.