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Disabled Persons

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many disabled persons are employed in (a) all sheltered employment and (b) in workshops for the blind.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that, at 31st March 1977 the figures were: (a) 13,333 and (b) 2,679.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, in the last year for which figures are available, what was the operating subsidy per disabled employee in (a) all sheltered employment and (b) workshops for the blind.

The operating subsidy per seriously disabled employee for 1974–75 was (a) £1,274; (b) £1,827. This subsidy was provided entirely by my Department in the case of Remploy Limited. For other workshops it was met partly by my Department and partly by local authorities or voluntary bodies. Information for later years is not yet available in full.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the capital investment per disabled employee over the past five years in (a) all sheltered employment and (b) workshops for the blind.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that accurate figures could only be obtained at disproportionate costs, but an estimate for the five years 1972–73 to 1976–77 is: (a) £800; (b) £700.