To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in meeting targets for the proportion of people with disabilities in senior posts in her Department. 
The DTI has exceeded disability benchmarks set in 2000 for staff in Bands up to the Senior Civil Service (SCS). The proportion of disabled staff in the SCS as at 31 December 2002 was 3.2 per cent. against a benchmark set of 3.9 per cent. Figures reflect numbers of staff who have formally notified the Department of a disability or a health conditionDTI is working to a programme of action to improve representation further.