HC Deb 01 July 1952 vol 503 cc225-6
22. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the existing provision for the industrial rehabilitation and training of injured and handicapped persons is insufficient; that this is unjust to those persons and an economic loss to the community; and if he will set up a committee or commission to inquire into and report on the subject.

Sir W. Monckton

There are now 14 industrial rehabilitation units administered by my Department, including the residential centre at Egham. Over 30,000 people have attended them and 1,373 are at present undergoing courses. As to training, the Government training centres are all open to disabled persons, and half of the courses are provided wholly or mainly for them. More than half those in training are disabled, and waiting lists are now very short. The provision made seems reasonably adequate, but if the hon. and learned Member has any information to the contrary, I shall be glad to consider it.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware that the training available for the more highly skilled spheres of industry is insufficient and that many men being trained feel frustrated because they are not being trained for that high and skilled type of industry for which their natural aptitude fits them? Will the Minister be so kind as to look into that aspect with a view to meeting the psychological and humanitarian needs of such people?

Sir W. Monckton

If the hon. and learned Gentleman will give me particulars of such cases I will consider them.