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Disabled Persons

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 29 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many registered disabled people are employed by his Department; and whether this number is in line with the 3 per cent. quota as laid down by law for employment purposes.

As at 1 June 1981, 124½, that is, whole-time equivalent, registered disabled people were employed in the Scottish Office, excluding the State hospital Carstairs, and the Scottish prison service. This represents 1.63 per cent. of the total staff employed. This figure falls short of the 3 per cent. quota, but there are a number of disabled staff employed who are not so registered.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which Scottish local authorities do not meet the 3 per cent. quota laid down by law for the employment of registered disabled people.

Information on the numbers and percentage of registered disabled people employed in the public service, including Scottich local authorities, is published annually in the Employment Gazette. The latest available figures, for May 1981, were published on page 31 of the January edition of the Employment Gazette.