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Disabled Employees

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the numbers of people registered as disabled in each grade in his Department and Cadw.

The information is as follows:

Grade 62
Support grades6
The grade categories shown include equivalent professional grades.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his Department's policy on the employment of people registered as disabled; and what initiatives he has taken to increase the number of people registered as disabled employed by his Department.

My Department is fully committed to an equal opportunities policy which states that no job applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of disablement. I have placed a copy of my Department's "Guide to Equal Opportunities" in the Library of the House.The initiatives my Department has taken include the appointment of a departmental disabled persons officer; close liaison with the Department of Employment, disablement advisory services and disablement resettlement officers, particularly on recruitment of disabled staff; the establishment of a work experience scheme for clients of the Cardiff employment rehabilitation centre; and the provision of special aids and equipment to disabled officers to enable them to carry out their duties effectively.A further programme of action to achieve equality of opportunity in the Welsh Office for disabled people is to be issued to staff early in 1992. This will contain details of current practice and areas for future development with measurable objectives and target dates for their achievement.