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Disabled Persons

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what are the latest figures of disabled unemployed; and if he will make a statement.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that in January 1980, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 60,020 people who were unemployed and registered as disabled, and 77,043 disabled people unemployed who were not registered.I share the concern of my hon. Friend and of the other members of this House in the employment problems of disabled people and I will be discussing these problems with the all-party disablement group when I meet it on Tuesday 4 March 1980.