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Disabled Persons

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the employment prospects in industry of those who are mentally or physically disabled.

The employment prospects of disabled people in industry depend primarily on the general employment situation. The Government's special measures for mitigating unemployment will be of general help to disabled people who are unemployed. However, disabled people are also supported by the resettlement, rehabilitation, and training services provided by the Manpower Services Commission and its agencies. Registered disabled people are covered by the quota scheme. Additional measures proposed are the issue of an employers' guide calling for positive employment policies on behalf of disabled people; and a scheme consisting of grants to employers for adaptation to premises and equipment to assist the resettlement of disabled people, which I announced in the House on 1st March.—[Vol. 927, c. 176.]