Disabled Persons (Rehabilitation).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now make any statement about the intention of the Government regarding further measures for the rehabilitation, training and employment of all categories of disabled persons?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The interim war-time scheme which I announced on 23rd October, 1941, is progressing satisfactorily, and the Government have now decided in principle on two further developments. First, as an immediate war-time measure, they propose to provide for the rehabilitation and training for employment of disabled persons who are not provided for by the interim scheme. Second, they have decided to prepare as soon as possible comprehensive measures for the rehabilitation, training and resettlement of disabled persons generally, for intro- duction as soon as possible after the end of the war. Both these schemes will make provisions for disabled persons of all categories, irrespective of the cause of their disability. The Minister without Portfolio and I are now engaged in consultation with the other Ministers concerned, in an active investigation into the best means of carrying these decisions into effect.