asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will take steps to initiate an experimental scheme in one region to assess the improvement in the services of disablement resettlement officers to be obtained by increasing their numbers, by ensuring that they are full-time officers, by reconsidering their methods of selection and grading, and by reducing their high rate of turnover.
I have noted my hon. Friend's suggestion, but I doubt whether an experimental scheme of this kind is necessary. The number of disablement resettlement officers and their selection and grading are, and will continue to be, kept under regular review, as will the difficulties caused by turnover. A considerable number are already engaged full time on this work.