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Disabled Persons

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many disabled people have been helped to date under the job introduction scheme; how many were retained after the six-week period for which subsidy was payable; how many of those assisted are currently in employment with the employer to which the subsidy was paid; and if he will make a further statement.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that 468 disabled people have been placed with employers under the job introduction scheme by the end of April 1978, since it started on 4th July 1977. The scheme is operated by disablement resettlement officers, who follow up all participants one month after the end of the six-weeks trial period. Reports on the first six months placements show that, of 166 participants, 134–81 per cent.—were still in employment with employers to whom a grant had been paid, at the follow-up stage. These figures are most encouraging, particularly considering that employers had doubts initially about employing the disabled people concerned.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many registered disabled people were unemployed at the latest date for which figures are available in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and each English region respectively; and what were the comparable figures for the whole working population.

I am advised by the Manpower Services Commission that the information which relates to 11th May 1978 is as follows:

Number of unemployed registered disabled peopleAll unemployed people
South East15,017304,621
East Anglia2,16635,037
South West5,520101,751
West Midlands7,024121,160
East Midlands4,40175,466
Yorkshire and Humberside7,171117,446
North West11,983199,184
Information about Northern Ireland is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, from whom I understand that respective figures for Northern Ireland are 2,143 and 61,944.