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Departmental Staff

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in (i) his Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which he has responsibility were registered as disabled in each of the last three years for which data is available. (61377)

The Cabinet Office collects and publishes annually statistical information on the civil service by Department. These include data on the number of staff in Departments who have declared a disability. Declaration of a disability is voluntary. The latest available information at April 2004 is available in the Library and on the civil service website and the following addresses: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/publications/xls/disability_apr 04_4nov04.xls for data relating to 1 April 2004, and http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/archive/index.asp for previous reporting periods.

Home Office

In addition to the above data, the figures shown are available for the Home Office and are set out in the tables. Data has been taken from central HR systems unless otherwise stated.

Home Office Agencies

The UK Passport Service records staff who declare themselves as disabled. The source of its figures is the published employment monitoring reports for the years in question. New entrant disability data are not available for 2002-03 and 2003-04. In 2004-05 fewer than 1 per cent. of new entrants declared a disability

The numbers of public sector Prison Service staff over the past three years recorded as having a disability, and the total number of recruits to the public sector Prison Service who declared themselves disabled on entry during the past three years, are shown in the tables. There is no longer such a thing as a “registered disabled” person. Someone is said to have a disability if their condition meets with the definition contained in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. A full re-survey of all staff was carried out in 2004, resulting in the increased numbers declaring themselves disabled after 2003.

Home Office (including Immigration and Nationality Directorate)

1 April 2003

1 April 2004

31 December 2005

Disabled

489

474

489

Total staff

17,965

20,052

121,119

Proportion (percentage)

2.72

2.36

2.31

20032

20042

20052

Disabled

27

16

4

Total recruits

3,334

2,786

14,169

Proportion (percentage)

0.8

0.57

3

Home Office Agencies

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

UKPA

Disabled

200

216

196

Total staff4

2,740

2,919

3,266

Proportion (percentage)

7.3

7.4

6

31 December:

2003

2004

2005

HM Prison Service

Disabled

588

1468

1629

Total staff

47,427

48,633

48,425

Proportion (percentage)

1.2

3.0

3.4

2003

2004

2005

Disabled

43

76

55

Total recruits

6,993

6,167

5,528

Proportion (percentage)

0.6

1 .2

1.0

1 Figures include approximately 1,000 National Offenders Management Service (NOMS) HQ staff, moving into Home Office responsibility. 2 Because of the transfer of staff records between HR systems data is here given for fiscal years i.e. 2004 = 1 April 2003 to 31 March 2004. 3 Not available. Disability data is unrecorded for-95 per cent. of 2005 new entrants, consequently no valid percentage can be derived at present. 4 Approximate value from published disability value and percentage.