HC Deb 27 April 1948 vol 450 cc188-9
16. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Labour what is the percentage of unemployed disabled ex-Service men in Wales and in England at the latest known date; and what further steps he is taking to find employment for these persons.

Mr. Isaacs

In Wales, of the 28,000 ex-Service men registered as disabled, 5,130, or 17 per cent., were unemployed at 15th March last. In England, of the 422,000 registered as disabled, 31,160, or 6½ per cent., were unemployed at the same date. Continuous efforts are made both under the Quota Scheme and other- wise to find suitable employment for these men. I am holding a conference in South Wales at an early date to consider what further steps can be taken.

Mr. Freeman

As there are approximately three times as many in Wales, if it is difficult to build training centres for them will my right hon. Friend consider taking over temporary premises in areas where unemployment among ex-Service men is serious?

Mr. Isaacs

It is not so much a question of training as of employment; many men are available for work if only we could get employment for them.