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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which she has responsibility is recorded as disabled. (92186)

Data on the number of staff who are registered as disabled are published annually. The latest published data are for 1 April 2005 and are available in the Library for the reference of Members and on the Cabinet Office website at:

On new entrants to the Department between 1 April 2005 and 31 August 2006, where the information requested results in a figure of five or less these figures are not released as disclosure could lead to the identification of the people involved.

Unfortunately on this occasion I am unable to provide the information.

The Office for National Statistics are currently collecting detailed data (including information on disabled status) on civil servants in Departments and agencies with a 30 September 2006 reference date. These data will be available in 2007.

The declaration of a disability is through a method of self-declaration and is voluntary. Therefore data are only available on those staff who wish to declare themselves as disabled.