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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his current estimate of the number of employees in

Nature of OffenceSection of the ActMaximum Penalty
1. Taking or offering to take into employment a person not registered as disabled—contrary to the provisions of the Quota Scheme.9(2) and 9(6)£100 fine or 3 months' imprisonment, or both.*
2. Taking or offering to take into designated employment a person not registered as disabled, or transferring such a person to such employment—contrary to the provisions of the Designated Employments Scheme.12(2) and 9(6)£100 fine or 3 months' imprisonment, or both.*
3. Discharging without reasonable cause a registered disabled person—contrary to the provisions of the Quota Scheme.9(5) and 9(6)£100 fine or 3 months' imprisonment, or both.*
4. Failure to keep, preserve or produce records14(1), 14(2), 14(4) and 14(6).£20 fine.
5. Continued failure to produce existing records after conviction as at 4.14(6)£5 fine for each day of failure.
6. Keeping or producing false records or information.14(1), 14(2) and 14(7).£100 fine or 3 months' imprisonment, or both.*
* Where the employer is a body corporate, the maximum fine may be £500 (section 19(3)).
The Manpower Services Commission (MSC) is currently reviewing the quota scheme for disabled persons, and it would be premature to consider the issue of penalties until the MSC reports to the Government later this year.