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Disabled Persons

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what action he will take in view of the fact that 26 out of 29 Government Departments are below the employment quota of 3½ per cent. of registered disabled, 14 nationalised industries, 14 electricity boards, 10 regional water authorities, every county council, 255 district councils, 34 of the Greater London Council, all with the exception of the London borough of Newham.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statements I made on 16th December 1976—[Vol. 922, c. 783–85]—and 21st December 1976—[Vol. 923, c. 438–9] and on 29th March 1977—[Vol. 929, c. 235–6].

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many firms in the Gravesend area were employing their quota of disabled workers on the latest date for which information is available; how many were exempted from doing so; and how many were subject to a quota obligation but failing to fulfil it;(2) how many firms in the Medway area were employing their quota of disabled workers on latest date for which information is available; how many were exempt from doing so; and how many were subject to a quota obligation but failing to fulfil it.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that on 1st June 1976 29 firms in the area of Gravesend employment office were fulfilling their quota of registered disabled people, and 55 were not. There is no exemption from the quota obligation, but, of the 55 firms below quota, 26 had been issued with permits for the engagement of people not registered as disabled during the preceding 12 months. Corresponding figures for the Medway area, which in-

Training Institution and LocationCourse categoryNumber in training
Skillcentre:
KillingworthConstruction51
Engineering50
Electrical/electronic40
Plant and automotive57
Limited skills26
Colleges:
Northumberland Technical College—AshingtonShorthand and typing25
Care assistants15
Introduction to office work12
Preparatory13
Clerk of Works11
Medical receptionist14
Hotel receptionist4
Certificate in office studies18
Home management and family care10
Secretarial5
Catering (City & Guides)16
Northumberland College of Agriculture—PontelandSheep management4
National certificate in agriculture5
Farm secretarial11

cludes Gravesend, were: 180 firms were fulfilling quota, and 281 were not. Of the latter, 136 had been issued with permits.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what is the latest figure for unemployment amongst registered disabled workers in the Medway area in numerical and percentage terms;(2) what is the latest figure for unemployment amongst registered disabled workers in the Gravesend area in numerical and percentage terms.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that on 10th March 1977, 157–17 per cent.—registered disabled people were unemployed in the Gravesend employment office area. Figures for the Medway area, which includes Gravesend, were 1,116–20 per cent.