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Disabled People

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will sponsor a research programme into the effectiveness or otherwise of the job quota scheme for disabled people, with particular attention to the attitude of disabled people towards registering as disabled workers and the level of relevant skills for employment to be found amongst unemployed disabled people.

Research into various matters affecting the quota scheme is one of the recommendations

Employees in employment—Great Britain
June1979 *13,1835,5853,870
June1980 *13,0185,4993,941
June1981 *12,2785,2903,817
June1982 *11,9455,1213,861
June1983 *11,6894,9513,945
June1984 *11,5934,9404,157
December1984 *11,5934,9574,282
*Only figures for all males are available for these dates.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) men and (b) women are classified as part-time workers at the latest available date.

in the report of a Manpower Services Commission working group which my right hon. Friend and I are currently considering.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what discussions he has had with the Manpower Services Commission on the working party on the jobs quota for disabled people who recently made recommendations concerning the quota scheme; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend has recently received advice from the Manpower Services Commission on the report of a working group set up to consider certain suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the quota scheme within the framework of existing legislation. We are now considering that advice and hope to announce our decision during the summer. Copies of the working group's report have been placed in the Library.