§ Mr. Hare
As I stated in reply to the hon. Member on 8th May, the existing small workshop for the blind at Barnsley is full, but the local authority is proposing to build a new and larger workshop. This will provide employment both for blind and for other severely disabled people, but probably not in the trades provided at the Leeds Workshop. These are chiefly traditional hand-crafts, and in my view a local authority establishing a new workshop would be well advised to consider, as Barnsley is doing, the introduction of other kinds of work.
§ Mr. Mason
asked the Minister of Labour, if he is aware that because disabled and blind persons in need of training and employment are not allowed to enter workshops outside their own area numbers of people are permanently unemployed; and what steps he intends to take to solve this problem before his working party on workshops for the blind reports.
§ Mr. Hare
The special inquiry carried out in August, 1961, to which I referred in the answer to the hon. Member on 8th May, showed that about 37,000 of some 44,800 registered disabled persons then unemployed were unsuitable for any form of Government vocational training. My disablement resettlement officers do their best to find work for such people which does not demand skilled training.