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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many disabled people were hired by her Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what percentage of the overall work force these figures represented in each year; and how many disabled people left their employment in her Department over the same period. (92472)

The available figures for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), relate to the figures from the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister who provided the majority of staff now working in DCLG. The figures are available for 2003, 2004, and 2005 only. They are based solely on voluntary declaration of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act and not connected in any way to a formal register of disability. The figures are as follows:

2005—Fewer than five staff entrants recorded themselves as disabled. 10 members of staff who recorded themselves as disabled left the Department.

2004—Fewer than five staff entrants recorded themselves as disabled. 10 members of staff who recorded themselves as disabled left the Department.

2003—Fewer than five staff entrants recorded themselves as disabled. Less than five members of staff who recorded themselves as disabled left the Department.

The percentage of the overall work force these figures represent is minimal.

Further information can be found at the following Cabinet Office link:

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/management/statistics/reports/index.asp