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Disabled People

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the legal quota for the employment of registered disabled people in his Department; what is the current figure employed; and if he will make a statement.

My Department, in common with other Government Departments, accepts the same responsibilities for employment of the disabled as other employers of 20 or more staff. We work to a target of 3 per cent. of total staff for the total of registered disabled people. Currently the Scottish Office and associated Departments employ 82 registered disabled staff—1·4 per cent. of the total work force.