asked the Secretary of State for Employment if the Government's proposals regarding the future employment of disabled people following the discussions on their consultative documents will take full account of the consultations regarding some form of wages supplement which were announced in the House of Commons Paper "Social Security Provision for Chronically Sick and Disabled People".
at flat-rate earnings is payable to workpeople on short time.
The precise information requested is not available. There are, however, some statistics of short-time working amongst operatives in manufacturing industries, and the following table shows the most recent figures.
My right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Social Services and the Secretary of State for Employment will keep in close touch in formulating the Government's proposals on the future of the quota scheme and of sheltered employment, and in following up what was said in paragraph 51 of the House of Commons Paper. Moreover, the National Advisory Council on Employment of Disabled People will in due course be asked for its views on the issues raised in that paragraph.