§ 67. Mr. Prentice
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether he will make a statement on the effect of the worsening employment situation on the task of his welfare officers in relation to their attempts to place disabled war pensioners in suitable employment.
In problems of employment our welfare officers work closely with the disablement resettlement officers of the Ministry of Labour and National Service, who are primarily responsible for finding suitable work for the disabled. Though these problems are never easy, the hon. Gentleman will be glad to know that the increase in unemployment among registered disabled men has been very much smaller in proportion than in respect of the working population generally. Separate figures are not available in respect of war pensioners, but there is certainly no reason to believe that they have fared less well in this respect than disabled persons generally.