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Volume 210: debated on Thursday 25 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the latest figure of the number of people who are registered disabled in the United Kingdom.

The latest figures for England are given in the table. Information on people who are registered as disabled is collected triennially from the registers maintained by local authorities. Information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales and Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Number(as at 31 March)
People registered as:
Deaf or hard of hearing108,000(1989)
Handicapped (General Classes)11,259,000(1990)
Blind or partially sighted230,000(1991)
1 Primary handicap is neither visual or auditory