asked the Minister of Labour to what extent training and employment, under special, sheltered, conditions has developed during 1951; how many Remploy factories were operating at December, 1951; and how many disabled persons were employed therein; what extension and experience gained under the home workers schemes there has been; and what have been the results of the arrangements for obtaining Government contracts for Remploy factories.
At the end of 1951, about 10,800 persons were being provided with sheltered employment and 680 were being trained as compared with 9,700 and 640 at the end of 1950. During the year 4 new Remploy factories were opened and 5 additional workshops were set up by voluntary organisations. Ninety Remploy factories were operating at the end of 1951 and employing over 6,000 severely disabled persons (an increase of about 1,000 over the number employed at the end of 1950). Remploy home-working schemes were providing employment for 124 disabled persons at the end of 1951 (as against 159 at the end of 1950). The difficulty of finding sufficient suitable work to afford home-workers regular and remunerative occupation continued to restrict the operation of these schemes. The value of Government contracts completed by Remploy during 1951 was 25 per cent. above the 1950 figure.