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Volume 23: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if warehousing is to be removed from the scope of the Road Transport Industry Training Board; when he expects to sign the necessary order to give effect to this; what arrangements for voluntary training have been made by the industry; if he is satisfied with them; and what benefits will accrue to the warehousing industry as a result of this decision.

My right hon. Friend announced on 16 November last that he proposed to remove the warehousing sector from the scope of the Road Transport Industry Training Board. He hopes to lay the necessary order before the House within the next few days.This decision was taken in accordance with the wishes of the main employer organisations in the industry and the recommendation of the Manpower Services Commission, which was accepted by the board.The main employer organisations have proposed a joint training council which will set and monitor training standards and provide an advisory service to companies.My right hon. Friend is satisfied that these arrangements will provide a sound basis for training in the industry.