The maintenance and other allowances payable to disabled persons in receipt of vocational training in agriculture, as in other occupations, under the provisions of the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1944, have now been brought into line, with effect from 2nd July, 1945, with those of the Government's Vocational Training Scheme which were announced by the Minister of Labour and National Service in the House on 14th June last.
Yes, Sir, subject to the satisfaction of the broad conditions of eligibility applicable to all applicants for vocational training under the Government Scheme, as announced in the House by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and National Service on 6th April, 1944. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Southall (Mr. Ayles) on this subject on 24th October last.
As indicated in the detailed announcement of the scheme which my Department issued to the Press on 5th June last, it is anticipated that many training employers will wish to give employment to trainees who have satisfactorily completed training with them, but in any case my Department, through the county agricultural executive committees will take all practicable steps to ensure that satisfactory trainees are found suitable employment on the land.
Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that when a man intends to take up agriculture for the rest of his life and hopes to make a livelihood from it, he should have some more security before he starts than the mere promise that everything possible that can be done will be done?
I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that all the trainees who are proved to be satisfactory should have ample opportunities to engage in the industry for the rest of their lives.
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is satisfied that the Agricultural and Horticultural Training Scheme in England and Wales, for non-disabled men and women released from war service, is attracting sufficient numbers of men and women; how many have applied; and if he has any such scheme for disabled ex-Servicemen.
Eight hundred and twenty-three had applied for agricultural and horticultural training under my Department's scheme up to 30th November. I am hopeful that there will be a substantial increase in the number of applicants for training as younger men and women are released from the Forces. Training under the scheme is available to disabled as well as non-disabled ex-Servicemen.