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Sheltered Workshops (Closures)

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what closures of sheltered workshops are expected in the near future; and if he will ensure that no further closures take place.

The Manpower Services Commission is not aware of plans to close any sheltered workshops on a permanent basis. However, two local authorities are known to be considering the replacement of existing workshops by more modern facilities.Remploy, local authorities and voluntary bodies, which provide sheltered employment with support from the commission are trying to mitigate the effects of current trading difficulties through improved performance in their factories and workshops rather than by closing down facilities. The commission will continue to assist them in doing so.