HC Deb 07 November 1916 vol 87 cc24-5

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any decision has been arrived at with regard to the treatment of the disabled soldier?

60. Mr. CROOKS

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether any consideration has been given to the possibility of teaching disabled soldiers to operate power-driven sewing machines in the making of military uniforms; whether he is aware that by the present system of division of labour a man, provided he has the use of both arms, can soon be taught to do the work; and whether he will favourably consider the idea of teaching disabled soldiers at the Pimlico factory, and thus possibly extending the policy of direct labour?


I am having further special inquiries made into this question, and hope to announce a decision as soon as these inquiries are completed. The special proposal made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Woolwich is one of many which have been put forward for consideration, but I cannot say to-day whether it is feasible.


When the right hon. Gentleman answers that further question will he be in a position to state exactly what is going to be done by the War Office as to the Statutory Committee and national health insurance?


That is what I hope to be able to do. We have not yet got the report in. There is a very competent person examining the whole of this matter with a view to practical suggestions being put forward. As soon as he makes his report, I hope to be in a position to make a statement.