§ 12. Sir Ralph Glyn
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the widespread shortage of bookbinders and the consequent delay in the publication of books; and what steps he is taking to deal with the matter.
§ The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)
I am aware of this shortage, and courses open to disabled persons have for some considerable time been available under the Vocational Training Scheme. In 1946 an arrangement was made for whole-time training for four years in employers' establishments which has been completed by four persons, and seven are at present in training. Since March, 1947, a course has existed at Queen Elizabeth's College, Leatherhead, which 16 have completed and where six are now in training. In December, 1948, another course was commenced at the Letchworth Government Training Centre which five persons have completed, and five are in training. I recently initiated some discussions which are not yet completed, but which I hope will improve the rate of intake of skilled workers into this important industry.
§ Sir R. Glyn
Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that he will give special consideration to disabled people, injured not only in the Services but injured in industry, and who are suitable?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
Can the right hon. Gentleman also ensure that the trade unions concerned will allow disabled men to have the ticket for their unions so that the men can practise the jobs for which they have been trained?
§ Mr. Isaacs
I have not specially inquired into this matter because I had no notice of it, but all the evidence I have is that these men have been admitted to the unions.