HC Deb 13 March 1941 vol 369 c1395
3. Mr. E. Smith

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has consulted the whole of the Ministries involved on the need for the training of disabled men and rehabilitation courses for men and women affected while serving in the Armed Forces, industry or in any other way; what steps have been taken to meet the difficulties over public assistance payments if a person desires to receive training in order to cope with the big problems that will arise in future; is he satisfied with the Leatherhead and St. Loyes training centres; is it intended to extend the training in the near future; and can a statement be made on this matter?

Mr. Bevin

This matter is receiving the active consideration of my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Minister of Pensions and myself, and I am not at present in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Mainwaring

Is the Minister satisfied that when men have received training every effort is made to place them in employment? Is he aware that at Treforest, in South Wales, for example, there are large numbers of trainees who have been idle for many weeks, even months, awaiting replacement in industry?

Mr. Bevin

This question is about rehabilitation in trades.

Mr. David Adams

Is the Minister aware that, although there are facilities at the two training centres mentioned, there is no organisation to advise people who require rehabilitation of their existence?

Mr. Bevin

I have already explained that this rehabilitation problem has received the consideration of the Government, but the Forces, the A.R.P. and industrial workers are all involved, and it is essential that the Departments referred to should work out a properly co-ordinated scheme in order that the matter might be handled properly. We are now engaged on that work.

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