asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many firms in Dundee have been granted permission not to employ the 3 per cent. quota of disabled workers; what percentage of employers subject to quotas in Dundee this represents; and what were the reasons given.
No employers in Dundee have been granted permission not to employ the 3 per cent. quota. On 1 June 1979, the latest date for which information is available, 102 locally based employers in the Dundee employment office area had been issued with permits during the preceding 12 months enabling them to engage persons who were not registered as disabled. This represents 61 per cent. of employers subject to quota in Dundee. Permits are issued only when Manpower Services Commission's disablement resettlement officers are satisfied that no suitable registered disabled people are available to fill the employer's vacancies.