HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 cc104-5W
Mr. L. M. Lever

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken within the factories for severely disabled persons, operated by Remploy Limited, to improve output; what consultation there is between the management and employees of the factories in introducing new schemes; what is the present number of severely disabled employees of Remploy Limited; and how many are ex-Service war disabled.

Mr. P. Thomas

Remploy's general policy is to raise standards of efficiency and productivity in its factories in order to improve the working conditions of its disabled employees and to enable their numbers to be increased. This is being done mainly by installing improved machinery and equipment and by introducing better working methods. There is provision for full consultation with the employees or their representatives, and a joint consultative committee exists at each factory for the discussion of matters of this kind. On 26th January, 1960, the total number of severely disabled employees was 6,257 (including homeworkers and Headquarters and other staff); of these, 2,222 were ex-Service war disabled.

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