§ 14. Mr. LI. Williams
asked the Minister of Labour how many people were employed in Remploy factories in April, 1950, April, 1955, April, 1960, and on the most recent available date, respectively; and if he will make a statement about the future prospects of Remploy.
§ Mr. Hare
The number of severely disabled workers employed by Remploy was 4,387 in April, 1950; 6,306 in April, 1955; 6,322 in April, 1960; and 6,195 last month. The progressive increase in the Government's grant to Remploy which was announced last year is intended to enable the company to increase its employment of severely disabled workers.
§ Mr. LI. Williams
Is the Minister aware that the creation of Remploy Ltd. by the Labour Government was one of the most inspired and imaginative pieces of legislation passed by the House of Commons? It has resulted in the rehabilitation of the hopes and confidence of thousands of people. Is he further aware that the very depressing statement about the non-expansion of Remploy 1357 Ltd. during these last years has cruelly dashed the hopes of those who expected so much from the company? Will he do everything within his power to ensure that the watchword for Remploy is "Expansion" and not "Retraction"?
§ Mr. Hare
I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the formation of Remploy was indeed a very great step forward and that the Government of the day deserve credit for it. As for actual expansion, that took place chiefly between 1950 and 1955. There was very considerable expansion in those years. As I have already told the House, more funds are, being made available for the continued expansion of Remploy during the next few years.