Unemployed Workers (Rehabilitation).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 21st May 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Minister of Labour how many persons now registered as unemployed are partially disabled by industrial accident and disease; and whether he is taking steps to provide facilities for rehabilitation and retaining of these workers?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have no statistics showing how many persons registered as unemployed are partially disabled by industrial accident or disease. Certain facilities for the training of such persons for new occupations are available under the interim scheme instituted last year. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the leaflet on this scheme.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Is it the intention of the Minister at any stage to take steps to discover how many such men are in the country, in view of the fact that it may be necessary to use their labour?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I think that the best way would be, if hon. Members know these ceses and think that they are capable of being brought back to useful employment by rehabilitation, that they should, instead of asking me to get a lot of statistics, forward cases to me, and I will look into them very quickly. I think that that is the quickest way of dealing with them.