asked the Minister of Labour what percentage of disabled ex-service men who finished their training are found improverships; and what percentage are being thrown upon the labour market without any improvership being found?
The number of disabled ex-service men who have been trained in trades requiring improverships is 22,500. Of these the number who have been sent out from training establishments and still await improverships is 2,500, a proportion of whom had already been found an improvership, but have lost it owing to shortage of work. By employing special canvassers and by other means we have, notwithstanding the severe depression of trade, found 5,538 improverships since 1st September, 1921. We are continuing our efforts, and I hope that the revival of trade will enable us to find improverships for all the 2,500 men referred to above.