HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 cc1494-5
21. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Labour when the building of the factory for disabled workers in Newport will commence; how long it is anticipated before it will be ready for occupation; how many workers it will accommodate; and what work it is proposed to undertake.

Mr. Isaacs

Great difficulty has been experienced in finding a suitable site for a Remploy Factory in Newport. A site which appears suitable is now under consideration and in the meantime it is not possible to say more than that it is intended to provide for a minimum of 100 workers.

Mr. Freeman

In view of the fact that there are still 500 or 600 unemployed disabled workers in Newport, will my right hon. Friend make every effort to facilitate the provision of the factory?

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, Sir. We are very anxious to provide the factory. We have had difficulty in finding premises. Although we can provide for a minimum of 100 of these people, I cannot say what trades are likely to be employed, but we shall not be satisfied until we can cover them all.