HC Deb 10 July 1941 vol 373 cc286-7
6. Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

asked the Minister of Labour how many regional welfare officers have now been appointed; and what are their main functions?

Mr. Bevin

There is one divisional welfare officer in each of the eleven regional divisions in England, Scotland and Wales. They are concerned with the welfare of industrial workers outside the factories, and, in particular, with such matters as proper housing, feeding, transport and recreation. It is in general the function of the welfare officer to bring any defects in these matters to the notice of the appropriate authority, and to endeavour to secure that the necessary remedial action is taken as quickly as possible.

Mr. Lindsay

Is that the total number of welfare workers? Is there just one in each region, or are there others in the districts?

Mr. Bevin

The welfare officer is my representative in the region, but he has organised under him all the voluntary agencies, and he co-ordinates the whole of their work.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people who have been trained as welfare officers under the Ministry of Labour scheme are still without posts?

Mr. Bevin

This Question deals with those outside the factories, and the hon. Member is referring to those inside the factories. I am not aware that people are left without posts very long. I follow each case as it is passed out.