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Departmental Staff

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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. (92180)

Disability status at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is declared and voluntary. In this context the figures requested are:

Percentage

Proportion of staff who have declared a disability

2.9

Proportion of staff employed since April 2005 who have declared a disability

1.4

Wilton Park is our only agency. The number of staff, and the proportion of disabled employees, are both so small that disclosure would risk identifying individuals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 workforce these figures represented in each year; and how many disabled people left their employment in her Department over the same period. (92466)

The overall percentage of staff, who had declared a disability, rose from 2.1 per cent. in 2001 to 3 per cent. in 2005. Disability status is self-declared and voluntary. The information requested is as follows:

Disabled new entrants

As a percentage of workforce

Disabled leavers

2005

9

0.1

12

2004

n/a

n/a

n/a

2003

12

0.2

n/a

2002

10

0.2

0

2001

n/a

n/a

n/a