HC Deb 11 November 1947 vol 444 cc39-40W
Major Beamish

asked the Minister of Labour why he refused to allow a monetary grant to Mr. R. E. Crowhurst, of 7, Grange Road, Southover, Lewes, to enable this man, during the war a telegraphist in the Royal Navy, to take a course in radio telegraphy or radio telephony; whether he is aware that Mr. Crowhurst's failure to apply for a grant within six months of his demobilisation was a result of the failure of the Uckfield Employment Exchange to inform him of the openings that existed in his chosen profession; and if he will now either reverse his decision or justify it.

Mr. Isaacs

Prior to his service in the Royal Navy, Mr. Crowhurst was employed as a boot and shoe repairer. After his demobilisation his resettlement in civilian employment was effected by his resumption of this occupation but after nine months in this occupation he left of his own accord to take employment with the Post Office as a night telephonist and is still so employed. He could not be regarded as qualifying for training as a Radio Officer under the Vocational Training Scheme, since the purpose of this scheme is to assist in the resettlement of persons who cannot obtain suitable employment without training. The Uckfield

on the 15th September, which is the latest available date, were as follow:

Employment Exchange was, therefore, correct in not advising him to apply for training as a Radio Officer.