HC Deb 20 June 1966 vol 730 cc33-4
56. Mr. John Page

asked the Minister of Labour what is the average time which disabled male and female workers remain on the books of employment exchanges after the successful termination of training courses at Government training centres.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

This information is not available, but in the 3 months ending 14th March, 1966, 80 per cent, of the disabled males completing courses at Government training centres, and all of the females completing courses, were placed immediately upon the termination of the courses.

Mr. Page

I thank the hon. Lady for that satisfactory Answer, but may I ask her to pay particular attention to a case which I shall draw to her attention at a later stage, and may I also ask her to warn her right hon. Friend that the effective and dedicated work of Government training centres could have their whole object and success imperilled by the Selective Employment Tax if this is going to result in a large number of employers being even more hesitant to employ disabled people?

Mr. Speaker

Order. We are glad that the hon. Member is better, but he must be brief.

Mrs. Williams

I think that the House will agree that this proportion is a very fair one, and we will look with interest at the details of the case which the hon. Gentleman sends me.

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