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Ex-Service Men, Manchester

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Labour how many disabled ex-service men are registered as unemployed in the area covered by the Manchester King's Roll Committee; how many of the men are unable to follow their usual occupations and are now considered fit for light work only; how many such men have been unemployed for 12 months or longer; and how many additional disabled ex-service men might be placed in employment in the area if local authorities, firms engaged on Government work, and other firms enrolled all employed the normal quota under the King's National Roll Scheme?

On 9th January, 1939, 1,304 disabled ex-service men were registered as unemployed at Employment Exchanges in the Manchester area. Of this number, 609 were suffering from disabilities which prevented them returning to their usual occupations but would not preclude them from employment under ordinary conditions on light work, or were considered to be unable to undertake employment except in some institution specially designed for very severely disabled ex-service men.The latest available information about the duration of unemployment of disabled ex-service men relates to 3rd January, 1938, when there were 407 such men registered in the Manchester area who had been unemployed for 12 months or longer, out of a total of 976 disabled ex-service men in the area registered as wholly unemployed.The information desired in the latter part of the question is not available.