Mr. A. J. Williams
asked the Minister of Labour (1) what machinery exists between his Department and others for investigating means of improving the employability of the disabled unemployed;
(2) what research is being carried out on methods of improving the employment prospects of each category of the major disability groups of disabled unemployed.
§ Mr. Gunter
My local officers work in close touch with the medical authorities on the improvement of the employability of disabled workers, through rehabilitation and training, and in other ways, and can get expert medical assistance and advice as necessary. Close contact is also maintained with welfare authorities and with local officers of the M.P.N.I. and Assistance Board.
At national level my officers are in regular consultation with the Health and other Departments on the development of disabled services and are kept aware of medical advances in the various fields of disability.