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Workshops For The Blind

Volume 484: debated on Friday 2 March 1951

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he will direct the purchasing Departments to secure as much as possible of their requirements from the Blind Workshops located in the several parts of the country; and thus enable such workshops to retain the employees on full time.

It is the Government's settled policy that purchasing Departments should give to certain types of non-profit making institutions, including workshops for the blind, the opportunity to manufacture the widest possible range of their requirements. Fresh instructions to this effect have recently been issued. It is neither practicable nor desirable to require Departments to give more favourable treatment to one type of nonprofit making institution as against another.