Work Direction, Burnley Area.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that incapicitated persons in the Burnley area are being sent to their doctors and returned fit for light work and later are directed to work which they have to refuse as being beyond their capacity, with the result that benefit has been stopped; and whether he will inquire into the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

My hon. Friend kindly sent me some particulars but not sufficient to identify the cases. If he has further particulars, I would be glad if he would send them to me. In the meantime I am making inquiries.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

Can the Minister say whether any instructions have been issued to his local officers with a view to their taking action which induces persons certified as fit for light work only to attempt work beyond their capacity?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I should like to have notice of that Question.