HC Deb 11 September 1941 vol 374 c279
15. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the fact that we are now in the third year of the war, schemes of training and employment for those disabled in it have yet been completed; and when details of such schemes are to be announced?

Mr. Bevin

An interim scheme to assist the training and employment of disabled persons has been prepared and I hope to announce details at a very early date. As a preliminary step I have made arrangements, with the consent of Departments responsible, for the various branches of hospital service to start the interviewing of disabled persons who are about to leave hospital and who require help in regard to their employment prospects.

Mr. F. Anderson

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the question of the industrial training of such people, and will he have regard to the fact that there are many industries into which they might go other than basket making and things like that?

Mr. Bevin

Certainly. We are taking a comprehensive view of the whole of this question of rehabilitation, and I hope we shall be able to lay the foundation of a complete rehabilitation service.

Mr. Anderson

Does the reply include those who have been members of the Forces and have already left?

Mr. Bevin

Yes, certainly.