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Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what definition of disablement is used by his Department.

Disablement is a concept and its definition depends on the context in which it is being considered. In general, the Department sees disablement as a generic term embracing the separate concepts of impairment, disability and handicap as developed by the World Health Organisation and published in the manual "International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps".