asked the Minister of Labour how many disabled ex-service men have been through a course of training in a Government instructional factory who are at the present time in an improvership or who are unemployed?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
51,000 men have received training under the Ministry of Labour in instructional factories and other establishments. The number of men holding an improvership with maintenance is about 3,000. Owing to the difficulty in obtaining improverships, about 3,500 men are being retained in training centres beyond their normal period of training. Special canvassers have been appointed to obtain improverships, and by this and other means 3,700 improver-ship vacancies have been found and filled since 1st September, 1921. I regret that I cannot state what number of men who have completed their course of training are unemployed.