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Sheltered Workshops (Government Orders)

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accent the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department of any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it, whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respert; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; and whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of Government ordering by her Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether she will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect; and if she will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what priority is given to sheltered workshops in respect of government ordering by his Department or any industries sponsored by it; whether he will accept the recent recommendations of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People in this respect: and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.Subject to prices being competitive, sheltered workshops, together with other priority suppliers, are given first priority in the allocation of Government orders. Most of the major nationalised industries also operate preferential purchasing arrangements in this field. The report of the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Disabled People is still under consideration.