HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc57-8W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Minister of Labour what investigations he has made through the British Productivity Council or other similar bodies into costings of preservation, identification and packaging work by Remploy Ltd., by the manufacturers of goods so identified, and by specialist firms.

Mr. Wood

None. Remploy inform me, however, that their prices for this work are based on a similar structure to those of other firms and are fully competitive.

Mr. Spriggs

asked the Minister of Labour what percentage of work done in the Remploy Factory, St. Helens, is Government supplied; and what is the future policy of his Department so far as continuity of employment for disabled people in the country as a whole.

Mr. Wood

I understand that during the first six months of this year direct Government contracts accounted for 28 per cent. of the work done at this factory. As regards the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to my speech in the debate on the employment of disabled persons on 21st July.