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Football Pools

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 October 1950

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asked the Minister of Labour what has been the seasonal increase in the number of those employed by football pool promoters; what percentage of these are suffering from industrial diseases or disability; how many are over the age of 60; and whether he will consider imposing a statutory obligation on football pool promoters to employ more disabled and aged persons, respectively.

The statistical information asked for by the hon. Member is not available. In general the football pool firms show no reluctance to employ disabled persons, when they are available, in excess of their statutory obligations. I have previously considered the possibility of imposing a statutory obligation on them to employ more disabled persons but I have no power to do so, nor is there any power to compel the employment of elderly workers.