HC Deb 23 July 1953 vol 518 c570
14. Sir F. Messer

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware of the difficulty which tuberculosis after-care committees are experiencing in their efforts to find employment for ex-tuberculosis patients even when such people are negative and free from infection; and what proposals he has to make to deal with the position.

Sir W. Monckton

I know there is difficulty but the disablement resettlement officers at the exchanges are achieving considerable success, in conjunction with employers, and under medical advice, in placing ex-tuberculous persons in employment suitable to them. They will continue to strive to improve the position and to overcome the obstacles, one of which is the common fear of infection on the part of fellow-workers. For those in need of employment under special conditions some provision is made by Remploy factories, and in workshops provided by local authorities or voluntary bodies.

Sir F. Messer

Is the Minister aware that it is, of course, lay prejudice which is responsible for the difficulty, and will he use his influence with the B.B.C. to permit broadcasts to take place so that workers can be educated as well as employers?

Sir W. Monckton

I shall be very glad of any assistance of that kind, if it comes.