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Blind Persons

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what improvements have taken place in rehabilitation provided by his Department for the newly blind to allow them to improve their work prospects; and if he will make a statement.

The Manpower Services Commission provides financial and administrative support to the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Society for Welfare and Teaching of the Blind in Scotland in respect of rehabilitation facilities provided by these organisations for the blind and partially sighted.In 1980–81, the RNIB received £375,000 from the MSC towards the cost of running its facilities at Torquay and 250 blind or partially-sighted attended courses of employment rehabilitation.During the last two years the RNIB has, with the MSC's agreement, increased the level of staffing and the range of its workshop provision at Torquay, new technology equipment for the blind has been made available, such as transcribers and audio calculators, and a close circuit TV and video system has recently been installed.Regular surveys undertaken by the MSC in conjunction with the RNIB ensure that provision in the centre keeps pace with developments elsewhere in rehabilitation methods.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many registered blind and registered partially sighted people obtained jobs in open industry in each year since 1968; how many registered blind and registered partially sighted people were seeking open employment in April each year since 1968; and if he will make a statement.

Information is not available in the precise form requested. However the total numbers of registered and unregistered disabled people who were blind or partially sighted and were helped into open employment either by the Manpower Services Commission or the Royal National Institute for the Blind in each year ending 30 September since 1968 and those who were seeking open employment in April each year since 1968 are shown in the following tables.

Placings of registered and unregistered disabled people who were blind and partially sighted in Great Britain
Year to 30 SeptemberPlacings
1968774
1969731
1970683
1971595
1972578
1973802
1974771
1975538
1976468
1977507
1978579
1979624
1980543
1981356

Registered disabled people who were blind and partially sighted seeking open employment in Great Britain

At April

Number

19682,484
19692,624
19702,643
19712,986
19723,565
19733,014
19742,409
19752,625
19763,103
19773,084
19783,052
19792,820
19802,809
19813,573

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many registered blind people, registered partially sighted people and sighted disabled people were employed in workshops for the blind and disabled during each year since 1960; and if he will make a statement.

The numbers of severely disabled people working in sheltered employment in Great Britain for the years 1960 to 1981 are given in the following table. A combined figure is given for registered blind and partially sighted workers. Separate figures are not available.

Numbers of registered sighted and blind/partially sighted severely disabled people in sheltered employment for the period 1960–1981
YearSightedBlind/Partially SightedTotal
19607,3703,82311,193
19617,2823,78811,070
19627,5933,80311,396
19637,6473,79011,437
19648,0303,74211,772
19658,4923,79312,285
19668,7113,42612,137
19678,9403,27912,219
19689,4753,10712,582
19699,7632,94512,708
19709,9962,83912,835
197110,1362,72012,856
197210,5032,56913,072
197311,0032,44513,448
197411,2172,35813,575
197511,3292,26813,597
197611,5982,15713,755
197711,2392,10613,345
197811,2942,01713,311
197911,8732,02613,899
198011,9661,90613,872
198112,0491,79013,839