HC Deb 06 March 1941 vol 369 c991
1. Sir Irving Albery

asked the Minister of Labour, in view of the labour shortage in some districts, whether the services of pensioners can be obtained through Employment Exchanges for the lighter forms of work; and what arrangements exist for insurance?

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Ernest Bevin)

I am endeavouring to get men who are registered at the Exchanges and who are by reason of age or other infirmity unfit for ordinary industrial employment placed in light work of which they are capable. I am not clear what insurance arrangements the hon. Member has in mind, and perhaps he will communicate with me.

Sir I. Albery

Is it not a fact that these men would not be covered by National Health Insurance?

Mr. Bevin

That would not make any difference as to putting them into employment.

Sir I. Albery

Would it not make this difference, that many of the men might not be desirous of taking employment in those circumstances?