asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity how many blind persons are registered for employment in Hartlepool; for what periods they have been unemployed; and if she will make a statement on the employment opportunities available to them.
Three blind persons in Hartlepool are currently in need of employment. Two have been unemployed for eight months and one for twelve months. The prospects of employment vary with the individual and we shall continue our efforts to help them all. One of them will shortly be attending a course of industrial rehabilitation.