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Disabled Persons, Cardiff

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd July 1957.

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Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 3rd July 1957

asked the Minister of Labour the number of disabled persons registered in Cardiff as unemployed at the latest convenient date and the comparable number for the same month in 1956 and 1955.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

The numbers were 425 on 20th May, 1957; 436 in May, 1956, and 390 in May, 1955.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that these large figures are disturbing us in the City of Cardiff? Can he hold out any prospect of more employment being available for disabled persons? Their number, of course, is increasing all the time.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

The hon. Gentleman is not quite correct in saying the number is increasing all the time, because it is slightly lower than it was at the same time last year. It has been pretty stable for a number of years. Of course, we always want to try to reduce it if we can.