HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc106-7W
124. Sir C. Edwards

asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons signing on at the Blackwood, Monmouthshire, employment exchange; the number of men signing on who are suffering from one or other of the diseases peculiar to miners; and what is being done about the factory which was to be built there to employ a number of these men.

Mr. Isaacs

The number of insured workers 18 years and over who were unemployed at Blackwood, Mon., on the 14th October, 1946, was 817 of whom 576 were men and 341 were women. 105 men were registered as disabled through pneumoconiosis and 21 through nystagmus —including 21 classified as incapable of ordinary employment. Negotiations for the acquisition of a site at Blackwood for a Factory for the severely disabled are at an advanced, stage and building is expected to begin at an early date.