HC Deb 01 March 1946 vol 419 cc441-2W
Mr. Thurtle

asked the Minister of Labour if he will consider amending the resettlement scheme for service personnel in order that a man who, after training becomes qualified as a tradesman may become eligible for a grant for tools in his trade.

Mr. Isaacs

On the completion of a Government or Government sponsored training course, provision is made for a trainee to be issued with a kit of tools of the trade for which he has been trained where it is the custom of the trade for a tradesman to possess his own tools. In these cases, therefore, a grant under the Resettlement Grants Scheme is not necessary. In general, assistance for the purchase of tools under the Resettlement Grants Scheme is restricted to cases where the applicant was normally employed in the occupation in respect of which he requires a tool kit before he undertook war service, but a person who wishes to take up civilian employment in an occupation for which he has acquired skill through his war service may, if otherwise eligible, be considered for similar assistance even though he was not formerly engaged in that occupation.