HC Deb 04 February 1963 vol 671 cc14-5
17. Mr. D. Jones

asked the Minister of Labour how many disabled people are registered in the north-east Lancashire area comprising the employment exchanges of Padiham, Burnley, Nelson and Colne; how many are unemployed; what percentage of the insured population in north-east Lancashire this represents; and how this compares with the national figure.

Mr. Whitelaw

At the last counts, 3,809 persons were registered as disabled, and 367 such persons were unemployed. This represents 0.6 per cent. of the insured population compared with a national figure of 0.2 per cent.

Mr. Jones

Will the Parliamentary Secretary not agree that those figures reveal a tremendous need for a rehabilitation unit, in, say, Burnley to cover the whole of that area? Since this is the second time that I have posed this question to the Minister, may I ask him if he will be kind enough to give me a statement on what the Ministry is prepared to do?

Mr. Whitelaw

I note what the hon. Gentleman has said. We consider that the two existing industrial rehabilitation units at Aintree and Denton adequately meet the needs of Lancashire. I have myself visited our industrial rehabilitation unit at Aintree. It does a first-class job, as I think the hon. Gentleman will agree.