HC Deb 16 March 1948 vol 448 cc1857-8
11. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Minister of Labour the numbers of insured persons employed by firms having quota obligations under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act in Brighton and Hove; the numbers of registered disabled persons and the numbers of such persons employed in the Brighton and Hove district; and the quota which would need to be observed to reduce unemployment amongst the disabled to that obtaining for all insured persons in the Brighton and Hove district.

Mr. Isaacs

The information requested in the first part of the Question is not available. The latest total of persons registered as disabled at the Brighton and Hove employment exchange is 5,472; exact statistics of those in employment are not available but the number recorded as unemployed on 16th February was 607. It is not possible to make the calculation asked for in the last part of the Question.

Mr. Teelinģ

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that there is considerable discontent in those two towns at the lack of employment being given to these people, and will he press the employment exchanges to do everything possible to find other employment for them?

Mr. Isaacs

Last night on the Adjournment I gave a full and detailed explanation of what the Government are doing under this Act, and Members who were interested were present to hear what I had to say.

Major Beamish

Is the Minister aware that I recently drew his attention to a number of particularly bad cases of disabled persons in Brighton and Hove who were unable to get suitable employment? Will he look further into this matter in these areas?

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, Sir, without any equivocation I will give an unqualified promise. We are most anxious to do what we can for these people. The House of Commons gave a pledge by Act of Parliament, and we are anxious to see that that pledge is fulfilled.

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