HC Deb 06 April 1937 vol 322 c11
23. Miss Ward

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has examined the Aldershot experiment in connection with recruits below the required standard for acceptance in the Army; and whether he can make use of the satisfactory results in the sphere of unemployed men who are in need of health services?

Mr. E. Brown

The results of the experiment are now being examined by my Department with a view to seeing whether they point to the need for any modifications in the treatment of unemployed men applying for a course of training.

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that at present there is a great shortage of labour, and will he give an assurance that attention will be given to the possibility of this proposal?

Mr. Brown

My hon. Friend must understand that the established practice is to treat the entrants in the early days with special regard to their physical condition.

Mr. Paling

Can the Minister arrange to give people sufficient food in their homes so that they will not have to go to training centres to get it?

Miss Ward

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is no centre for transferees, and will he consider a scheme from the point of view of men who are not fit on the spot?

Mr. Brown

That is another question.