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Blind And Partially Sighted Persons

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the policy of his Department concerning encouraging local education authorities to employ blind or partially sighted persons.

I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that measures to encourage the employment of disabled people apply equally to the employment of blind or partially sighted persons by local education authorities.

The Manpower Services Commission's "Fit for Work" campaign, which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State launched last autumn, is aimed at reminding all employers, including local authorities, of the importance of adopting positive attitudes towards the employment of disabled people.