§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why the National Girobank will not accept accounts in the names of people suffering mental illness or mental handicap.
§ Mr. Trippier
This is a commercial matter for National Girobank. However, I understand that a person who by reason of a mental handicap or disorder is incapable of managing and administering his property and affairs is also usually considered unfitted to give a bank legally binding instructions about the operation of a bank account. The appropriate course in these circumstances is for a relative of such a person to apply to the court of protection which has powers to appoint a receiver to look after that person's affairs. National Girobank would consider an application to open an account in the name of a properly appointed receiver for such a person.382W
these how many were employed in manufacturing industry; and what are the corresponding figures for the latest available date.
§ Mr. Nicholas Edwards
The information is not available for March 1974. Figures for June 1974 and June 1983 are as follows:
(Thousands) June 1974 June 1983 Total employees in employment 992 883 Manufacturing industry 336 208
Source: Department of Employment Census of Employment—1974, Quarterly estimates—1983.