HC Deb 14 December 1962 vol 669 cc117-8W
Commander Pursey

asked the Minister of Labour what courses of instruction are available for disabled men and women in Hull, in the city and elsewhere; what are the numbers now under training; what is the number of vacancies; and what steps are being taken to select further trainees for the vacancies.

Mr. Hare

Training courses for disabled persons are provided in the Hull area in technical and commercial colleges, mainly in commercial subjects, and occasionally in employers' establishments to meet special needs. Otherwise training in about 40 trades is available for suitable disabled persons from Hull at the Government Training Centres and at voluntarily-run residential training colleges. Nearest to Hull are the Leeds Government Training Centre and the Portland College for the Disabled, near Mansfield, Notts.

Vacancies exist at most centres and my local officers at Hull take every opportunity of bringing the training facilities to the notice of suitable disabled persons. Applications for training from 11 disabled men and 2 disabled women are at present under consideration. The following table shows the number of disabled persons from the Hull area at present undergoing training under the above-mentioned arrangements.

(a) In Technical and Commercial Colleges:
Course Men Women Total
Clerical 7 5 12
Shorthand/Typing 1 1
7 6 13

(b) Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind
Course Men Women Total
Brush Setting 1 1
Inspecting and finishing of knitwear 1* 1
Flat knitting 1† 1
Invisible mending inspection 1* 1
2 2 4
* Not blind but otherwise severely disabled.
† Partially sighted.

Men Women Total
Government Training Centres 14 1 15
Residential Training Colleges 5 5
19 1 20
Total 28 9 37

Back to