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Disabled Persons

Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 10 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has any plans to meet leaders of organisations to help the disabled in the near future.

I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Romford (Mr. Neubert) on 5th April.—[Vol. 929, c. 1085–7.] It is my practice to maintain close contact with these organisations, and both my right hon. Friend and I meet their representatives as regularly as we possibly can.


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what further proposals he has for assisting with the mobility of disabled employees.

I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bridlington (Mr. Wood) on 19th April.—[Vol. 930, c. 78–9.]


asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action is being taken to make known to disabled people the help and benefits made available in recent years.

The problem is to get the right information to the right people, at the right time and in the right way, about the very wide range of benefits and services which are now available. We seek to do this, both directly to disabled people, and indirectly through their organisations, professional workers and other individuals, including Members of Parliament, who are in close touch with the disabled. Methods used have included the issue of the general purpose booklet "Help for Handicapped People"; advertising in newspapers and on television; leaflets on particular social security benefits; "teach-ins" on social security, seminars and other training occasions and courses; articles in professional and other journals; information services, both general purpose and specific, operating at local and national level; and posters, leaflets and booklets produced by

Year endedBlind and partially sighted aged 16 to 20Deaf and hard of hearing aged 16 to 29General classes aged 16 to 29
31st March 19721,0386,56516,684
31st March 19739837,25118,784
31st March 19749437,20420,628
31st March 19758996,75520,104
31st March 1976 (Provisional)9127,12421,454
Reliable figures for the numbers of unregistered disabled people are not available.