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Disabled Persons

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many registered disabled persons are registered as unemployed at offices of his Department covering the city of Birmingham; and how this compares with the past two years;(2) how many employers in the area covered by his Department's Birmingham offices are not employing the 3 per cent. quota of registered disabled persons; and how this compares with the past two years.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that the information is as shown below:

Unemployed registered disabled people
Employment Office/Jobcentre12th May 1977May 1976May 1975
Aston380419304
Birmingham134135145
Handsworth182170144
Selly Oak582486383
Sparkhill*163
Sutton Coldfield849259
Small Heath147309235
Washwood Heath227196161
* Opened October 1976. The total as at 12th May includes people formerly registered as unemployed at Small Heath.
On 1st June 1977, 721 firms in the areas covered by the above employment offices/jobcentres were not employing the 3 per cent. quota of registered disabled people compared with 754 in 1976 and 702 in 1975.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consideration has been given by his Department into the possibility of taking over existing industrial premises in Wales from companies that have gone into liquidation, for the purposes of converting the premises and using the existing equipment as sheltered workshops for disabled persons.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that when it has been established that there is a sufficient number of severely disabled people for a further viable workshop in any area of Wales, all possible sources of premises and equipment will be considered on their merits.