HC Deb 15 August 1919 vol 119 cc1801-2W

asked the Minister of Labour whether violin-making is included in the scheduled list of trades which come under the training schemes of the Ministry for disabled soldiers and sailors; if not, what is the reason for the omission; whether a disabled soldier in receipt of a disability pension who is being trained in violin making can obtain from the Government the premium he has to pay for the training, an allowance for his tools, and separation allowance for his wife; and, if so, what steps he must take to obtain these benefits?


Violin-making is included in the Schedule of special trades for the instruction of disabled ex-Service men. A disabled man placed in an approved course of training in violin-making is eligible to receive maintenance allowances upon the usual scale, and at the satisfactory completion, of his training a kit of tools up to £10 in value. The Department will be prepared in special cases to pay a premium also, but the hon. Member will appreciate that generally the payment of premiums is undesirable. A disabled man requiring instruction in violin-making with the allowances applicable to his case should apply to divisional director of industrial training for his area.