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Disabled Persons

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 7 July 1949

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70.

asked the Minister of Labour what was the number of registered disabled persons at the last count; and how many of them are held to be capable of work under normal conditions.

At 19th April, 1949, there were 914,693 registered disabled persons. It is not possible to state how many of these were capable of work under ordinary conditions, because the classification into those capable of work under ordinary conditions and those available only for sheltered employment applies only to those registered disabled persons who are unemployed.

71.

asked the Minister of Labour how many Industrial Rehabilitation Centres have been opened to provide courses for training for disabled persons.

Twelve. No vocational training is given in Industrial Rehabilitation Units, only physical and mental reconditioning and hardening, with vocational guidance where required. If vocational training is found to be necessary, separate arrangements are made.