§ Mr. Owen
asked the Minister of Labour how many disabled men and how many handicapped school leavers are registered on the disabled persons' register covered by the employment exchanges at Alnwick, Amble, Ashing-ton, Bedlington, Blyth, Morpeth, and Seaton Delaval in the county of Northumberland at the nearest convenient date; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. P. Thomas
On 19th October, 1959, the date of the last count, 2,531 men and 24 young persons were registered as disabled. On 21st March, 1960, 187 registered disabled men and six disabled young persons awaiting their first employment were unemployed. These figures are higher than a year ago, but42W
the proportionate increase is smaller among the disabled than among the able-bodied.