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Industrial Training Boards

Volume 22: debated on Monday 26 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his written answer of 8 April, Official Report, c. 467–68, in what ways he is prepared to give permission to those who propose to use surplus cash remaining in the industrial training boards after winding up costs and other obligations have been met; what is his estimate of the numbers of those industrial training boards to be wound up which might have such surplus cash; and if he will make a settlement.

Final information is not yet available but at present it is estimated that two boards, the ceramics, glass and mineral products and shipbuilding industry training boards, will have significant surplus cash after winding up and other costs have been met. Proposals to use such cash to promote training in the industry concerned will be considered on their merits. We are for example considering a proposal that a trust which it is proposed should be set up to continue to run the shipbuilding industry training board's training centre at Southampton should have the benefit of part of that board's surplus cash.